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Former editorial manager and war veteran dies aged 92

Hugh FraserA former regional editor and Second World War veteran whose journalism career spanned almost half a century has died aged 92.

Tributes have been paid to Hugh Fraser, pictured left, former editorial manager (newspapers) for DC Thomson.

Prior to attaining that rank, he had served in roles including chief sub-editor and news editor at the Dundee-based regional publisher’s newspapers.

In his role as editorial manager, from which he retired in 1989, Hugh had responsibilities across all of the company’s newspapers titles.

His career had begun after leaving Harris Academy, in Dundee, aged 17, with his first post on the city’s Evening Telegraph.

During the Second World War he volunteered for RAF aircrew, trained in Canada and then flew Lancasters with Bomber Command, reaching the rank of warrant officer.

He went on to become the Evening Telegraph’s chief sub, before switching to the Sunday Post in 1969.

At the Post, he held the position of news editor for more than a decade.

An obituary on the website of Dundee daily The Courier reads: “As a journalist on a busy news desk, Mr Fraser’s judgment was valued by colleagues.

“He was also noted for his calm and unflappable manner, qualities he later brought to bear in his editorial management role.”

Outside of journalism, Hugh retained a fondness for his old school throughout his life – playing for its former pupils’ football and tennis clubs.

He was also a life member at Alyth Golf Club where he played for more than 50 years and served as captain.

Hugh and wife Athena, who lived in the west end of Dundee, had two sons, Garry and Stuart.