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Retired journalist dies at 75 after cancer fight

A former night news editor at a regional daily paper has died after a battle with cancer.

Norman Fenwick (75) worked as a journalist for DC Thomson and Co in Dundee for more than 48 years until his retirement in 1999.

He was diagnosed with lung cancer in February last year and battled against the disease until his death.

Norman initially worked at the Dundee Evening Telegraph before moving to The Courier, also in the city, in the late 1950s.

At the paper, he held the posts of chief sub-editor and leader writer, before being appointed night news editor.

Norman was a keen golfer and after being diagnosed with cancer, he spent time touring Scotland with his wife Eleanor while playing the sport.

Tributes were paid to Norman by Ron Ross, former editorial manager for DC Thomson and a long-serving sub-editor at The Courier, who gave a eulogy at his funeral.

He said: “In all the varied facets of his life, Norman conducted himself with a calmness and decorum that marked him as someone very special.

“Eleanor tells me that not once in the 17 months he fought his illness did he complain.

“That does not surprise, as his courage and determination, allied to his great dignity, made up the remarkable mixture that was this unique gentleman.”

Norman is survived by his wife, sons Gary and David, daughter Pauline and four grandchildren.