It was with great sadness that we heard about the death of David Hurley, who passed away after a short illness at the weekend.

Hurley had been a long standing contact of MicroScope and the relationship charted the ups and downs of the channel and his own progress as he led Anglia Business Solutions beyond being a major Microsoft partner into focusing on the fresh food market with its LINKfresh solution.

Hurley had been around the channel for many years, helping found Anglia back in 1981, and had a wisdom and perspective that came from being there in the good times as well as the bad.

He was always able to contribute valuable insight to news stories and features and showed that it was possible for a reseller to innovate and breakthrough the mainstream to be an expert in a vertical market.

He will be missed not just by those that have worked with him, and of course by his family and friends who we think of at this tragic time, but also by those of us who knew him as an excellent independent source of expert channel insight.

This was first published in January 2012

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