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Phil Mellor

Posted: October 21st, 2017

Former Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror legend PHIL MELLOR died on October 21, (2017.)

His funeral is at 1pm on Friday, November 17 at St John’s Church, Wrotham Road, Meopham, Kent DA13 OAA, followed by reception at the village’s George pub.

By Stephen Hayward

Tributes have been paid to PHIL MELLOR – one of Fleet Street’s legendary and best-loved characters – who died on October 21 (2017). He had been suffering from cancer.

Phil, 69, who was the Daily Mirror’s deputy news editor and night editor at the Sunday Mirror, was surrounded by his family at their home in Meopham, Kent.

Phil, originally from Bury, Lancs, started his career in the 1960s at the Bury Times – which his father Frank, a Daily Telegraph journalist, previously edited – before moving to the Bolton Evening News. He later switched to the Daily Sketch in London then worked as a reporter and night news editor at the Daily Mirror.

After a stint at the Daily Star, Phil returned to the Daily Mirror where he masterminded coverage of the Lockerbie, Piper Alpha, Hillsborough and Marchioness disasters in the 1980s.

Former Daily Mirror news editor Tom Hendry, who worked with Phil for many years, said: “He was unique, a one-off chap, always cheerful and was one of the funniest people alive. The three loves of his life were 1) his family, 2) journalism, and 3) Bury football club.

“He was the ultimate professional. He was the best colleague anyone could have had in terms of his professionalism, ensuring the Mirror always came out tops.”

Close friend and retired Daily Mirror journalist Syd Young said: “He was the funniest and the most decent journalist I have ever worked with. He always had a funny slant on life and was cheerful right up until the end.”

Phil leaves wife Anne, and two sons, James, also a distinguished ex-Mirror journalist, and Ed.

 

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