Keith Winsper, 67
BRITISH JOURNALIST Keith Winsper died on Wednesday, October 21. He was 67.
Winsper worked for The Argus for 51 years. He was a commercial feature writer before retiring on October 2. He started his long career at The Argus in 1964 as a print apprentice. In 1988, he trained as a news reporter and wrote for the news and business sections before writing features. It was also where he met his wife Elsa Gillio, who then worked in its telesales department. He was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in December 2013.
“Keith was never bitter about his condition and only allowed me ten minutes a week to rant and rave about the unfairness of it all. He insisted we both just got on with it,” said Gilio in The Argus’ obituary (“Argus stalwart Keith Winsper, with 51 years’ service, dies aged 67,” Oct. 26, 2015)
The Argus’ editor Mike Gibson said: “Though I only knew Keith for a short time, it didn’t take long to understand he was a fine man, a first-class journalist and a wonderful servant to The Argus. I know he will be sorely missed by his colleagues.” (“Journalist who spent 51 years with daily dies weeks after retirement,” Hold the Front Page, Oct. 29, 2015)
He is survived by his father Eric and two sisters Heather and Linzi, and their families.
Richard N. Gage, 92
AMERICAN JOURNALIST and broadcaster Richard “Dick” Gage died Tuesday, October 27. He was 92.
Gage was public affairs director the WHBF-TV where he worked for 21 years. He covered news and public affairs and moderated the public forum program “At Issue.” Gage retired when the TV station was bought out in 1987. Prior to his long career in broadcast, Gage worked for the Rock Island Argus for 17 years.
Veteran broadcaster Don Wooten said: “He really knew the ins and outs of local government, and that was his forte.” (“Longtime Q-C journalist, broadcaster leaves legacy,” Quad-City Times, Oct. 28, 2015) “When I left we were still leading the ratings. Dick carried that tradition of good journalism that began at the Argus over to WHBF,” he added.
He is survived by his son, three daughters, and their families.