FORMER Chad news editor George Robinson has died, aged 57.
George, who lived in Walesby, and leaves his wife Karen, son Matthew and daughter-in-law Sarah, died at Bassetlaw Hospital on Boxing Day after being taken ill on Christmas Day.
Originally from Warsop, George started his career as a cub reporter at the Chad in 1973, rising to become news editor.
It was during his time there that he met his wife Karen, also a journalist.
He left the Chad for his first editorship at the Mansfield Observer in 1984.
In 1992 he was appointed editor of the Worksop Guardian, and held the post for 18 years, before retiring in June 2010 to run a business selling antique toys with Karen.
Current Chad editor Tracy Powell was George’s long-time deputy at the Guardian before moving on to take up her own editor’s role.
She said: “I am devastated that my very good friend and brilliant wordsmith George has passed away so suddenly.
“George was an incredibly talented journalist whose patient tutorage and management style were instrumental in crafting the careers of many journalists who now work in all avenues of the media across the globe.
“He was a perfectionist and expected the same attention to detail from all his team, and those of us who were lucky enough to have worked for him are better journalists for it.
“He was funny and kind, understanding and generous, and all of us who passed through the doors of the Worksop Guardian during his time as editor hold a special place in our hearts for him.
“I will miss his wisdom and his friendship always.”
Current Guardian editor Chris Burton, who was taken on as a trainee reporter by George in 2002, said the former newsman had been ‘a complete one off’.
“Everyone who knew George will be able to tell you many, many stories of things that he has said or done . . . and most of them would be very funny,” said Chris.
“He was a man of immense talent - in terms of news gathering, of managing people and also because he was such a great writer and page designer.
“A real all-round master of the profession.
“But more than any of that, he was a fantastic personality who was brimming with generosity and joviality and had a wicked sense of humour.”