Tribute paid following death of County Press columnist Keith Newbery

By a County Press reporter

Monday, August 4, 2014

 

Tribute paid following death of County Press columnist Keith Newbery

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.

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