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Ian Sharp

Posted: October 26th, 2021

IAN SHARP, a former Sunday Mail investigative reporter, lost a long battle with Parkinson’s disease on September 26 [2021] when he died in University Hospital Monklands, Airdrie, aged 82.

Ian was a reporter on the Scottish Daily Express before joining the Sunday Mail, and at one time he was The Judge on the Mail’s hard-hitting consumer and campaigning page. He later became a partner in the Glasgow Courts Agency with former Daily Record crime reporter Arnot McWhinnie.

In a fine eulogy at Ian’s funeral, Arnot told the congregation that Ian was always known as “Sharpie”, and was a legend in his own lifetime, adding: “I know he will forgive me for saying he was also a legend in his own lunchtime. But he was proud to have been sober for decades thanks to his belief in God and with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous. Apart from being business partners we were also friends. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.”

Arnot also recounted the praise and recognition of Sharpie’s ability and polite manner by court staff and lawyers at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

AMP Committee member Malcolm Speed said: “When I was news editor at the Record, Ian Sharp worked for me. He was a great reporter whose doorstep charm got him many interviews. Our condolences to Ian’s wife, Patricia, and family.”

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