Jim O’Brien, left, worked on the business desk of the Birmingham Post as manufacturing editor of the then morning daily title before leaving in 2004 to run his own PR consultancy.
Prior to joining the Post he had been Midlands correspondent of the Daily Telegraph having previously worked in a number of roles on the national daily both at home and abroad.
Jim died at his Worcestershire home on Monday. He was 73.
A former Midland Business Journalist of the Year, Jim started his career on a weekly newspaper at Shipley in West Yorkshire.
He later joined the Sheffield Telegraph before going on to The Daily Telegraph in Manchester.
Jim, who served for many years as a Newspaper Press Fund committee member, also worked in London and abroad for the Telegraph before becoming the newspaper’s staffer in the Midlands.
He set up his own enterprise, Business in Writing and PR, in October 2004 and continued to write columns for the Birmingham Mail and Chamberlink, the magazine of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.
Former Birmingham Post business editor John Duckers said: “Jim had a great work ethic and a distinguished career. He had a Northern sense of humour, which was as thick as gravy.
“He had a wonderful shorthand note and was a stickler for accuracy. One of the last of the old school journalists who told it straight and heartily disliked ‘jazzing the story up’. He had a wealth of tales, a sparkle in his eye, a wide variety of interests and hidden depths. My commiserations go to his family.”
Jim’s funeral will take place at Harvington Hall RC Church, near Kidderminster, on 20 December at 1pm.
He leaves a wife, Joan, a daughter, Charlotte, and a son, James, who followed him into newspaper journalism before becoming a radio presenter.