A former regional press man who went on to become deputy editor of a national daily has died aged 54.
Paul, who worked as a news reporter and sub-editor during his time with The Star, had faced a long battle with cancer and died in London’s Charing Cross Hospital last week.
He joined the Express in 1987, where he became night editor, and had worked for the Mail since 2000.
He said: “Paul was one of the most brilliant all-round journalists I have worked with and in his 17 years here made an incalculable contribution to the Mail’s success. He is a huge loss both to the paper and to the many colleagues whom he befriended and mentored.”
Paul came from a family of journalists and publishers, his great-grandfather having founded a local newspaper in Essex and East London.
His grandmother took it over during the Second World War and continued to run it successfully for many years. Paul’s mother was also a journalist and editor.
Paul was also the co-author, with Roger Highfield, of the 1993 book The Private Lives of Albert Einstein.
One colleague who knew him for 30 years said: “Paul was tremendously loyal to the people he cared about, had terrifyingly high standards and was professional to a degree that would put many of his colleagues to shame.”