Dec 5 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
TRIBUTES have been paid to former Advertiser editor Derek Appleton who has died aged 78.
Derek began his career in journalism when he was 15, starting out as a freelance writer before moving on to weekly titles.
Born in St Helens, he began work on the St Helens Reporter before he went to the Lancashire Evening Post, finally moving to the Advertiseras editor in 1972.
Derek eventually become managing director of the Advertiser group before retiring, aged 60, in 1996.
His former colleagues paid tribute to him, saying that he was a “lovely” editor who was brilliant and efficient at his work.
One of his former colleagues, Mary Allan, said: “Derek was well respected by all those who worked with him; his quiet confidence permeated throughout the office.
“He was a super guy and believed in giving people chances, he really helped people to nurture their careers, often offering advice to younger reporters, he was a great person to work with.”
Derek moved from St Helens to Southport and his family now live in Birkdale.
His son, Craig, paid tribute to his father: “Dad had a calm disposition and was unflappable in most situations.
“He was a strong man with a moral compass and a passion for people.
“He loved his job despite it being stressful and time consuming at times. I know he loved the sub-editing role and he had an eye for newspaper design.
“He will be sorely missed by me and my mum, Pam. He was a wonderful man and father.”
Derek died on November 25 at Southport Hospital after suffering from acute pancreatic failure.
His funeral was held yesterday at Southport crematorium.