Tony Metcalf (pictured), who worked on the Northern Echo for 13 years, died on Sunday after losing a battle with cancer.
After leaving the Echo in 2000, he went on to enjoy a stellar career in international journalism as editor-in-chief of Metro International, overseeing Metro launches in Toronto, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Hong Kong and Seoul.
He also worked for a short time as head of journalism at Darlington College and for the past five years had been editor-in-chief of Metro US, overseeing the group’s Boston, Philadelphia and New York editions.
The father-of-two he died at St Teresa’s Hospice, Darlington, at the weekend aged 50. Tributes have been paid by his former colleagues in a piece in the Echo.
His funeral will be held at 2pm on Monday at at All Saints Church in Manfield, near Darlington. The service will be followed by a celebration of his life at 4.30pm at Redworth Hall Hotel.