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Vernon Rowe

Posted: May 25th, 2022

VERNON ROWE, a much respected and well-loved former Mirror chief sub, died on May 8 [2022].

Northerner Vernon was a linchpin of the Mirror middle bench in the 70s and 80s when the paper was selling in millions. Unflappable and imperturbable, he could transform a story with the lightest of touches, which he combined with scrupulous attention to accuracy.

As a key production journalist, he was among a select band picked to travel to Manchester to lay the groundwork for the introduction of new tech. Later, he moved to the Daily Star where he brought his talents to bear as features chief sub.

Vernon’s Mirror middle-bench colleague and fellow cricket lover Jonathan Cundy said: “There was no more dedicated journalist than Vernon, who was exceptionally good to me when I was his deputy. He was a fine man who had a lovely sense of humour amid the chaos and confusion of the night desk.”

Former news sub Pat Welland said: “Vernon was a rock of stability in frequently turbulent times. However big the story or tight the deadline, he remained the even-tempered professional utterly committed to producing the best paper possible on the night. His contribution to the Mirror was immense.”

Daily Star executive editor Pat Wooding, a former Mirror sub, said: “Vernon was a wonderful journalist, a true gentleman and a valued member of the Star team. We all loved him.”

Vernon, who lived in Tunbridge Wells, leaves wife Sandra, son Jon and daughter Susannah.

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