David Eckles, a well-known and respected figure in the international tobacco industry for more than 40 years, passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, following a short illness. He was 76.
Eckles was instrumental in the development of TABEXPO and served as organizer of the 1994 and 1998 events. Prior to creating TABEXPO with his partners, Eckles worked for an industry trade publication.
The Tobacco Reporter staff members who worked with Eckles remember his love of the industry, his passion for his work and his pride in his family.
Eckles’ funeral will take place Friday, Feb. 22, at 2:30 pm at St. Margaret’s Church in Ockley, Surrey, United Kingdom.