Dave Culbert, 63
BRITISH JOURNALIST Dave Culbert died Monday, January 18. He was 63.
Culbert was the former deputy editor of Sunday Life. He joined the paper in the 1980s as a deputy chief sub-editor. He also worked for the Irish News as a sub-editor and feature writer in the now-defunct Sunday News. He started his career in journalism with the Portadown Times/News.
Fondly called “Big Dave”, his passing was mourned by friends and family. In “Tributes to ‘Big Dave’ Culbert, giant of journalism, who has died aged 63,” former colleague Joe Mitchell recalled that “As a sub-editor, he instilled confidence and trust in those lucky enough to work with him. He had a granite quality; solid, but not sharp or flinty, with an open and generous nature and a wonderful sense of humour.” (BelfastTelegraph.co.uk, Jan. 20, 2016)
“He was very cool under fire. He would never get flustered. And of course everything was done to the highest standard,” said Martin Lindsay, former Sunday Life editor. “He was one of the best journalists I ever worked with,” he added. (“Journalist Dave Culbert dies after long illness,” IrishNews.com, Jan. 19, 2016)
He is survived by his wife, a daughter and two sons.
Terry Kelly, 57
LONGTIME BRITISH journalist Terry Kelly died Wednesday, January 13. He was 57.
Kelly has been a reporter for Shields Gazette since 1980s. He was also a contributor to the Larkin Society, which promotes the life and works of poet Philip Larkin (“Tributes to respected Jarrow journalist Terry Kelly, who has died aged 57,” TheNorthernEcho.co.uk, Jan. 14, 2016).
Terry studied English literature at Sutherland Polytechnic. He also completed an MA at the Newcastle University. He started his career in journalism at Blyth Post.
Friends and colleagues mourned Kelly’s passing. Shields Gazette editorial director Joy Yates said: “Terry was one of the smartest, wittiest, kindest colleagues you could ever wish to meet. It has been a huge honour and privilege to work with him.” Former colleague Huw Lewis recalls: “Nothing would prise Terry away from his beloved Jarrow, and that’s what was so great about the man. He was a pleasure to deal with – one of the ‘old-school’ reporters who knew his patch backwards and was always accurate, fair and measured in his dealings. He was also great to bump into on a night out. (“Touching tributes as ‘hugely respected’ Shields Gazette reporter dies after long illness,” ShieldsGazette.com, Jan. 14, 2016)
He is survived by his wife and daughter.