Ex-Press Club chairman dies aged 74

Anthony George Hayes, a former chairman of Birmingham Press Club, has died, aged 74.

The funeral service will be on 8 January at 11am at St Anne's Catholic Church, Bridle Lane, Streetly, followed by cremation at Streetly Crematorium at 12.15.  All welcome.

Anthony died in Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, on 13 December, having been diagnosed with both mesothelioma and acute myeloid leukaemia in May of last year.

He is survived by his wife, Monica, of nearly 50 years and his two daughters Esther and Laura and three grandchildren, Dylan, Oscar and Noah.

After losing both parents as a teenager Anthony joined the Royal Navy when he was 17.  He travelled the world, trained as an electrician and after nine years in the navy he returned to civilian life to start a family.

After a brief stint in banking he joined the Financial Times in 1976.  He went on to become an Area Advertising Sales Manager running the Birmingham office, enjoying a very successful career. When the branch office closed he became a self-employed sales and marketing consultant, continuing to work for the FT until he took early retirement to pursue his dream of writing a book. He wrote and had published two books both drawing on his experiences in the navy. He was in the middle of his third when he passed away.

Whilst at the FT, Anthony enjoyed membership of the Press Club for many years. He became chairman in 1988, serving for two years.  During this time he helped organise many events including a number of successful celebrity lunches, which helped raise the profile of the club. He is seen here with Cliff Richard when the singer was installed as a Life Member of the Press Club

In his spare time Anthony devoted time to raising money for charity through his involvement with the Lions Club and was a founder member and chairman of the Birmingham Centennial Lions.  

Former Press Club director Beryl Williams, who was assistant secretary of the Press Club when Anthony was chairman, said:  “He was a positive, charismatic fun loving man who was highly regarded by his colleagues. He will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew him.”