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Diver Group’s David Eaton Dies

Diver Group has today announced the death of DIVER Magazine’s Advertising Production Manager David Eaton.

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David, the youngest son of DIVER Magazine co-founder, Bernard Eaton

David, 56, passed away peacefully in hospital on 3 April from lung cancer. (He was non-smoker).

David was a qualified diver and had worked for DIVER magazine for more than 25 years. (He had previously been employed by the Ministry of Defence).


In the early 1960’s Peter Small (a co-founder of the British Sub-Aqua Club) invited Fleet Street journalist Bernard Eaton to partner Small in developing, at their own risk, BSAC’s club magazine ‘Triton’.

Following Peter Small’s death, Bernard Eaton took control of Triton as Editor, as well as Publisher. The magazine evolved and was renamed ‘DIVER’.

Bernard and Vera Eaton had three sons. Nigel, Michael and David. Today Nigel, the eldest brother, is the publisher of DIVER magazine.

David was brought up with scuba diving and embraced the opportunity to get under water whenever possible.Possessing the ability to turn his hand to anything in life with skill, composure and good humour, he will be hugely missed.” Nigel Eaton

BSAC Chief Executive, Mary Tetley, paid tribute to David Eaton.

David was a dear friend with whom I shared many fun ‘diving’ times in my early career at Diver Magazine. His cheery smile and fun personality will never be forgotten. We will all sorely miss him from our lives.” Mary Tetley

John Bantin, who was DIVER Magazine’s technical editor for over two decades said that he was “devastated“.

“Fate had dealt David a poor hand in more ways than one. He suffered severe illness (arthritis) during his childhood which had left him in continual pain. But he was stoical, never complained and was always a cheerful and optimistic character. I was shocked to hear of his recent illness and the seeming injustice of his early passing. He deserved better. He was a nice guy.” John Bantin

David was sometimes mistaken for Nigel because David would often be found working on the DIVER Group stand at the Birmingham and London dive shows.

I always found David to be a happy, kind soul with a great sense of humour.
Rosemary E Lunn

David is survived by his wife Carol, his son Harry and his daughter Kate.