Colleagues pay tribute to former Star journalist

Christopher Stacey (left) and Michael Cooke. 1983.
Christopher Stacey (left) and Michael Cooke. 1983.
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A LIFELONG newspaper man who was The Star’s chief sub editor in the 1970s and 80s has died at the age of 93.

Christopher Stacey worked for the paper for over 20 years before retiring in the mid-1980s.

Born in Canada, his family moved to the UK in the 1930s where he became a reporter in Sussex.

After working for a paper in south London, in the 1950s he bought his own paper, the weekly Grimsby News.

Although the paper later folded, Christopher always maintained links with the town and was chairman of the Grimsby Town supporters club for many years.

He joined The Star in the 1960s and stayed here for the rest of his career, apart from a brief spell as an executive on the shortlived national news magazine Now.

Christopher spent his retirement years in Tunbridge Wells in Kent, initially with his wife Rita, who died in the late 1980s.

Christopher was also a devout Quaker and came from a prominent Quaker family with a heritage stretching all the way back to the 17th century.

Former Star colleagues paid tribute to Christopher.

Sports writer Trevor Cook said: “Chris was a lovely fellow, bright and lively and very smart. He always wore a bow tie.

“He was a stickler for accuracy and a key man at the paper.”

Bill Auckland, who was a sub-editor at the time, said: “Chris was a man steeped in newspapers. He was a sub of the old school, painstaking and a stickler for accuracy.

“He was very professional, very committed and full of enthusiasm for his work. He did not tolerate shoddy work.”