John Slim, 83, left, a reporter at Midlands titles for many years, was told last year his condition was terminal and decided to pen his own blog.
“All of his many friends will miss him.”
The Bromsgrove Advertiser reported that his widow Elsa, whom he had been married to for 58 years, called him a “lovely man with a tremendous sense of humour who was much loved by the people he knew”.
“Words were his life,” she said.
“He was happy in the world of words and loved what he did.” she added.
John, from Lickey Hills, near Bromsgrove, died last week. He had been diagnosed with cancer of the bile duct.
He started his career in Kidderminster at The Shuttle in 1951 and went on to work on the Birmingham Gazette, Evening Despatch and Birmingham Mail.
From 1968-91, until he retired aged 60, John specialised in major interviews and personality profiles and was The National President of the Institute of Journalists from 1977 until 1978.
John interviewed many household names, including Muhammad Ali and Morecambe & Wise, but Elsa said that he enjoyed interviewing people from every walk of life.
She said he liked discovering the quirky stories and characters that are at the heart of local journalism.
“His stories have kept us all amused for years,” said Elsa.
As well as journalism, John was a big fan of a more creative style of writing.
Over the years he penned thousands of poems and limericks, and he always spoke highly of the standard of local theatrical productions in and around the area.
In his blog John wrote: “I’m 82 and I’ve had a good run, a lot of jolly, happy decades in which I have deployed my insistence on failing to understand any given situation in the knowledge that if everything is not quite hunky dory it will eventually go away.
“Life goes on until eventually it doesn’t. “And that, I think, is all I wanted to say. It’s goodbye.”
He is survived by his widow, four children and nine grandchildren.