Posted: January 27th, 2020
MIKE BOWEN, former deputy sports editor of the Daily Mirror, died on New Year’s Day, aged 76, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease and cancer.
He was a talented and popular member of the sports desk for many years, and will be warmly remembered for his sharp wit and mischievous sense of humour.
The son of a vicar, Mike was born in 1943 in Llandissilio, Wales, where he embarked on his career in journalism as a reporter for the local paper, the Narberth and Whitland Observer, while still at school.
He joined the Scottish Daily Mail in 1967, and later worked on the old Sun in Manchester. He settled at the Daily Mirror in London, where he soon made his mark and rapidly rose through the ranks to become deputy sports editor.
He was an outstanding production man but also reported on his great loves: rugby and cricket. At weekends Mike helped out as a sub-editor at the News of the World, where he enjoyed the company of several other passionate Welsh rugby fans.
Away from work Mike was a stalwart of Winchmore Hill Sports club for more than 50 years, both as player and chairman of the cricket section, and as chairman of the club. Team mates included sons David and Matthew, who are still involved there.
Mike was dogged by ill health after retiring from the Mirror but he was fortunate to have the devoted care of Margaret, his wife of 52 years, and the support of David and Matthew, daughters-in-law Sarah and Jo, and grandchildren Alex, Jessica, Oliver, Jacob and Harry.
With thanks to Ted Thompson
From former colleague ALEX COLLINSON: I’m so sorry to learn about Mike Bowen. He was a good colleague and one of the small band of brothers who went to New York to train on the CSI system, then help train the Mirror Group’s journalists in Manchester, London and Glasgow for the leap from hot metal to direct input. I always found him positive and cheerful.
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