Isle of Wight County Press columnist Keith Newbery. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
WELL-respected journalist and Isle of Wight County Press columnist Keith Newbery died on Friday, aged 65, after a short illness.
Keith was the founding editor of the Isle of Wight Weekly Post, a former editor and publisher of the Chichester Observer and a senior editorial executive at the Portsmouth News.
He lived in Winford with his wife, Denise. He also leaves two children, Mark and Samantha, and a granddaughter, Betsy.
County Press editor Alan Marriott said: "Keith's death has shocked not just the Isle of Wight County Press staff, but the whole of the Isle of Wight.
"As a born-and-bred Isle of Wighter he was revered for his frank and forthright views and his deep love of the Island he grew up on.
"Keith was a great support to me when I became editor of the paper and it was great to get him on board as a columnist.
"He will be sadly missed by not only his family but also the Isle of Wight journalistic and sporting communities."
• Please see the Isle of Wight County Press this Friday, August 8, for a full obituary and Keith's final column.