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Former daily picture editor who captured Troubles dies aged 92

Harry RowletteA former regional daily picture editor whose photographs captured the Troubles in Northern Ireland has died aged 92.

Tributes have been paid to Edward Henry Rowlette, left, who spent much of his career with the Belfast Telegraph.

Known to colleagues as Harry, he initially worked for the Bel Tel in its commercial photography studio before joining the ranks of its press photographers.

He became picture editor on the retirement of his predecessor, Edward Sterling, and remained in the position until his retirement in 1989.

Former colleague Roy Smyth said: “I remember one time we had a heated row, but at the end of the day Harry came to me, said the matter was in the past and we adjourned to the Belfast Telegraph Social Club – the old Inkspot – to settle the matter over a pint of Guinness.”

Born in Tullamore, County Offaly, in the then-Irish Free State, Harry moved to Northern Ireland in 1942, aged 19.

Initially, he was employed in a printing company before being taken on by the Bel Tel.

Harry married wife Ida in 1955, and the couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary late last year.

He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer, who also briefly worked in the Bel Tel’s classified advertising department, his son-in-law, David, and grandsons Chris, Connor and Camy.

Said Jennifer: “He loved his regular tot of Tullamore Dew whiskey and was still taking one up until near his death.”