John Palamountain, 79
BRITISH JOURNALIST John Palamountain died Tuesday, December 1. He was 79.
Palamountain had been a sub-editor for Hereford Times since 1979 until his resignation in December 2000. He started his career in journalism in the early 1952, joining the Herford Citizen and Bulletin. He then became a sports reporter for the Hereford Evening News until July 1960.
Paul Linford, publisher of news website HoldtheFrontPage, noted that Palamountain “spent his entire career in the town of Hereford having started his career in the 1950s when there were no fewer than three newspapers in the county town.” (“Journalist who spent career in country town dies aged 79,” HoldtheFrontPage.co.uk, Dec. 10, 2105)
He is survived by his wife, two children, and several grandchildren.
Ian Bell, 59
AWARD-WINNING Scottish journalist Ian Bell died Friday, December 11. He was 59.
Bell was a journalist and columnist for The Herald and Sunday Herald. He began his journalism career as a sub-editor before becoming a columnist and leader writer.
Friends and family mourned Bell’s passing. “His gifts as an editor were substantial but it was as a writer that Ian insinuated himself, without vanity and with an absence of obsequiousness, into the hearts and mind of the Scottish public,” Hugh MacDonald writes in “Ian Bell: A man propelled by principle” (HeraldScotland.com, Dec. 11, 2015)
“Our family has lost a husband, a father and a son and Scotland has lost its finest journalist. He set a standard none shall ever reach again yet he inspired us to never stop trying,” said his son Sean Bell, in a statement. “Ian Bell, award-winning Herald columnist, dies at age of 59.” (HeraldScotland.com, Dec. 11, 2015)
Bell won the Orwell Prize for political journalism in 1997. He was also named Columnist of the Year several times.
He is survived by his wife and son.