Posted: March 26th, 2022
Former Daily Mirror northern news editor BILL FREEMAN died on March 21 . He was 89. His funeral is at 4pm on Thursday, March 31, at Rowan Chapel, Stockport Crematorium, Buxton Rd, Heaviley, Stockport SK2 6LS
BILL Freeman started his career at 16 as a reporter on the Craven Herald in his hometown of Skipton,Yorks. He worked on the Yorkshire Post in the late 50s, where he covered the first “Cod War” against Iceland – from a fishing trawler.
In 1959 he moved to the Sunday Express in Manchester as news editor. In 1963 he moved to the Daily Mirror as northern news editor, and, later assistant editor. In 1984 he became northern editor of the Sunday Mirror until the Manchester office closed down in the late 80s.
Following his retirement from the Sunday Mirror, Bill edited a local paper in South Manchester, and published student and health authority newspapers.
He enjoyed walking the fells of the Lake District with several of his old newspaper pals, and completed all 214 of the Wainwright walks.
AMP committee member and former Daily Mirror group picture editor, Ray Weaver, said: “Talented. Resourceful. Caring. Bill Freemam was all of these. A brilliant journalist, he was an ideas man who, through his excellent contacts, provided many first-rate exclusive stories. And perhaps one of his nicest attributes was that he cared about his staff.”
Former Daily Mirror reporter Alastair McQueen: “Bill was man who loved his news, his newspapers and adored his reporters – one of the very best, a joy to work for. He was Northern news editor of the Sunday Express in its heyday before moving from Great Ancoats St to the Mirror. He believed passionately that there should be a ‘Northern flavour’ and a strong presence by newspapers in the North.”
Bill’s wife of 61 years pre-deceased him in 2019, and he leaves three sons Tim, Mark and Tristan.