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Local editor who worked into old age dies aged 99

Ron VinceA local editor who continued working into old age has died aged 99.

Ron Vince edited the Ilford Recorder, Romford Recorder and Newham Recorder before launching a career on Fleet Street.

Ron, pictured, then worked for the Daily Telegraph as its chief parliamentary and politics sub-editor from 1976 until his retirement in 1990.

However, he continued working two days a week until he turned 80.

Ron grew up in the East End of London during The Blitz, and served in the Royal Air Force before being demobilised in 1947.

He then began a career in journalism in Essex and Devon, before joining he staff of The Star, one of London’s three evening newspapers at the time, as a sports sub-editor in 1952.

Ron returned to local journalism in Essex in 1960, when The Star and its sister daily News Chronicle ceased publication, taking on the Ilford title in the mid-1960s.

He was later group editor at the Recorder’s parent company Home Counties Newspapers, adding its Romford and Newham sister publications to his portfolio in the process.

After retiring, Ron and his wife Thelma moved to Sussex in 2005 to be near their daughter in Seaford, where he produced the members’ magazine for Seaford Museum three times a year well into his 90s.

Thelma died in 2009 aged 86, and Ron is survived by daughter Janice and son Russ following his death on 30 March.