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Journalist and trainer whose career spanned half a century dies aged 84

Geoff Harvey-BarnesA journalist and editorial trainer whose career spanned half a century, including nearly 30 years with the same newspaper, has died aged 84.

Geoff Harvey-Barnes, pictured, worked at the Exeter Express & Echo for almost three decades.

During his time there, he held roles including sub-editor, editorial training officer, deputy news editor and golf correspondent.

Geoff was previously with the Kidderminster Times and the Evening Despatch, in Birmingham.

Later in his career he became a sub-editor with the Somerset County Gazette and the Taunton Times, and he edited a golf magazine.

Away from journalism and golf, he enjoyed snooker and jazz.

Geoff is survived by wife Gillian, two sons and three granddaughters.

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  • April 14, 2018 at 3:45 am

    I knew Geoff when he came to the Echo in the 1960s – a quality journalist with a tremendous sense of fun. I can remember him having the reporters’ room in stitches with his impersonations of various local personalities. My thoughts are with Gillian and family.

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