tribute has been paid to Journalist and author David Randall after his death at the age of 70.
Randall began his career as a trainee reporter croydon advertiser before working as editor of the then largest local weekly newspaper in Britain in 1974.
Later he. worked in inspector For 12 years before joining independent in 1998 independents on sunday He worked as home editor, head news writer and commentator before retiring from the newspaper in 2013 to focus on writing books.
in his published works great sporting freakhandjob royal abuse and Universal Journalist, is a how-to guide for business which is now in its sixth edition and has been described as ‘the best introduction to being a reporter’. He was also an avid golfer and was the director of Pearly Downs Golf Club.
His son Simon told independent That his father died suddenly earlier this week of a suspected heart attack.
“It’s a great shame, and we will miss him so much, he was quite the character,” said Simon Randall. “That was one of many, many great ways.”
“We were all worried that he wouldn’t cope well with retirement because the work was so frenetic, but he enjoyed it the most. He was loving his retirement, and he and my mother were planning big. What To Do Next.”
Mr. Randall said: “He was a wonderful father, grandfather, brother and husband to my mother and will be greatly missed every day. We hope he is happy where he is now. Maybe playing golf.”
John Mullin, former editor independents on sunday, also known as Sindhi, was among those paying tribute to his former colleague on social media. He said: “Very sad to learn of David Randall’s death. He was a brilliant journalist and a wonderful collaborator.
“There is no newspaper in the world that wouldn’t be better if it were working for. A true shutdown.”
Lisa Markwell, who succeeded Mr Mullin as editor, said: “The terrible news today is that David Randall, a brilliant journalist and top collaborator, has suddenly passed away. Dave was razor sharp, witty, intelligent and he always had youth. It was time to mentor journalists and mentor elders (like me!) He was a Sindhi legend. Deepest condolences to his family.”
Blogger and author Zoe Margolis tweeted: “Sad to hear that David Randall has passed away. He offered me great writing advice in 2005, which I still follow today, and which gave me the confidence to write my first book.” happened. He was also the first person to commission me. A generous, kind person, such a loss.”
Greg Walton, now AFP’s Doha bureau chief, said: “A true gentleman who drove my passion for business. Wicked spirit too. RIP.”
Randall lived in Croydon, South London. He leaves behind his wife Pam, his four sons and four grandchildren.