Obit­u­ary

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LONG serv­ing for­mer ed­i­tor of Fish Farmer and in­dus­try pioneer, Stu­art Banks, has died, aged 82, af­ter a short ill­ness. Banks was ed­i­tor and pub­lisher of the mag­a­zine from 1985 to 2003, when it was sold to Scot­tish Farmer.

With his wife, Rose­mary, as ad­ver­tise­ment man­ager, he es­tab­lished the rep­u­ta­tion of the ti­tle over 18 years, in­tro­duc­ing in­no­va­tions such as the In­ter­na­tional File.

‘We made many good friends in the in­dus­try,’ said Rose­mary. ‘I am sure many of your readers will re­mem­ber him and his at­ten­tion to de­tail, ac­cu­racy, and as a great sup­porter of the fish farm­ing in­dus­try, in Scot­land, the rest of the UK, Europe and world­wide.

‘Stu­art had, of course, been edit­ing Fish Farmer from the 1970s when it was part of the In­ter­na­tional Pub­lish­ing Cor­po­ra­tion.

‘He had the fore­sight to re­alise the po­ten­tial of the fish farm­ing in­dus­try and, given the chance, bought the mag­a­zine from the group and we set out alone.

‘With luck and hard work we in­creased cir­cu­la­tion and trav­elled the world with the mag­a­zine.’

In a var­ied ca­reer, Banks edited other ti­tles, in­clud­ing British Baker, where he was so in­spired by all the ic­ing he saw at ex­hi­bi­tions, he taught him­self how to do in­tri­cate run-out lace col­lars for cakes, said Rose­mary.

He be­came a very tal­ented cake dec­o­ra­tor and made more than 100 flow­ers in ic­ing sugar for his daugh­ter’s wedding cake.

He en­joyed fish­ing, writ­ing po­etry, and wrote and had pub­lished (by Ward Lock in 1979) a book called The Com­plete Hand­book of Poul­try Keep­ing, com­pleted while he was ed­i­tor of Poul­try In­dus­try as well as Fish Farmer.

Af­ter re­tire­ment, Stu­art and Rose­mary both en­joyed read­ing for an Open Uni­ver­sity de­gree in Hu­man­i­ties, spent time trav­el­ling to China and Egypt, and en­joyed sev­eral cruises around the Mediter­ranean, Baltic and Black Sea, as well as vis­it­ing fam­ily and friends at home and abroad.

‘Stu­art and I cel­e­brated our 56th wedding an­niver­sary, with our fam­ily, just four days prior to his death- when we drank cham­pagne to­gether,’ said Rose­mary.

‘He was a quiet man of many tal­ents. His in­ter­ests were eclec­tic and he was in­ter­ested and fas­ci­nated by na­ture and astron­omy.

‘He was also a good pho­tog­ra­pher and de­vel­oped his own film and made short fam­ily cine films. He was an avid reader and, be­fore Google, he was my ‘or­a­cle’! I shall miss him so much.’

Banks also leaves be­hind his daugh­ter, Linda, who worked on Fish Farmer as assistant ed­i­tor, son Peter, and five grand­chil­dren.

Stu­art Banks, born May 12, 1936, died March 20, 2019.

“He had the fore­sight to re­alise the po­ten­tial in­dus­try” of the fish farm­ing

Left: Stu­art cel­e­brat­ing his 80th birth­day

Above: Stu­art Banks, a great sup­porter of the in­dus­try

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