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Veteran Sign Industry editor Mike Connolly dies

Veteran Sign Industry editor Mike Connolly dies
 Obituary – Mike Connolly

 September 21st, 1940 – 31st January 2022

It is with profound sadness that Sign Directions Online announces the death of our Deputy Editor Michael Connolly on 31st January 2022 after a short illness. He was 81.

Well remembered by many as the long-term editor of Sign World and later, as the deputy editor of Sign Directions and Sign Directions Online, Mike also ran his own successful PR consultancy and, over the years, handled the PR requirements of a host of leading companies operating in the sign, security, woodworking and architectural products sectors.

Having already enjoyed a long and varied career in newspapers and PR before he entered the sign industry, when it came to his writing, Mike was a consummate professional who could always be relied upon to deliver admirably accurate, clear and concise copy. His insistence on perfect spelling and grammar was well known and he was proud to describe himself as a pedant when it came to preparing and writing his press releases and editorial contributions. Indeed, his fearsome work ethic was such, that even when he became very ill, he still rose very early every morning and insisted on finishing all of his outstanding assignments. His service to his clients was second to none.

A highly gregarious man who enjoyed nothing more than socialising with his family and many friends, Mike was a wonderful raconteur and mimic, who always entertained everyone around him with his endless fund of jokes, funny stories and amusing anecdotes. No sign industry gathering was ever complete without Mike’s convivial presence and, in his home patch of Surrey, he regularly appeared as a stand-up comic at many local charitable events, where he gladly gave his services for free.

Many in the sign and related industries will also know that Mike was a wonderful and loyal friend with a generous heart; he was a complete gentleman in every sense of the word. He will be greatly missed by all of those who knew and loved him and his passing truly marks the end of an era.

Funeral details will follow as soon as they are available.

 For further information, contact Val Hirst on Tel: 01623 882719 or via e-mail at

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