A former journalist who worked for a regional daily for more than 40 years and edited its sister weekly has died at the age of 76.
Paul Chambert, left, spent time as editor of the now-defunct Herald of Wales as part of his long-standing career at the South Wales Evening Post, after he joined the paper as a messenger boy in the early 1950s.
After joining the title, he worked as a compositor, fitting letters to print, and worked in the readers’ room before training as a reporter and later becoming district news editor and editing the Herald of Wales.
Paul spent a couple of months in hospital before his death and former colleagues have lined up to pay their tributes.
“I was immediately struck by how good he was at his job, he was fastidious about details and was unbelievably enthusiastic.
“He was given quite a challenge to revamp the Herald of Wales from a freesheet to a genuine 56-page paper, and did that almost singlehandedly. He was a top-rate journalist, and a very nice man.”
Former sports writer John Burgum said: “To me, Paul was the archetypal local journalist. He knew his patch, and he loved writing about issues and problems with the city, and digging around for stories.
“His investigative reporting was one of his strengths. He was a perfect fit for the Evening Post.
“He was a true friend, and very loyal and generous. He was also a big Swans fan, and we were both vice-presidents of the club.
“We would go travelling to away matches together all over the country, and he was a great companion to go with. I will miss him greatly, particularly when the new season begins.”
Media consultant Robert Lloyd, a former deputy editor at the Evening Post and editor of the Llanelli Star and Carmarthen Journal, added: “Paul’s death has come as a big shock to his many friends in the world of journalism.
”When I visited him in Morriston Hospital recently, he was his usual bubbly self, delighted with the achievements of the Swans and eager to catch up with all the gossip of the South Wales media world.
“Paul was a journalist of the old school. Always keen to get the story right, he was dogged in his determination to get the facts.”
Paul leaves his daughter Anne who praised him as a “marvellous father who always wanted the best for me” and grandson Thomas.
His funeral will take place on 13 June at Morriston Crematorium at 11.30am.