David King: veteran journalist in Aberdeen

A former deputy news editor of the Evening Express, Aberdeen, has died aged 75 after a long illness.

David King joined Aberdeen Journals as an office boy, graduating to become a news telephonist before joining the reporting staff.

For a period he was heavily involved in the training of young journalists who had to spend five month at the Thomson Regional Newspapers training centre at Newcastle.

He took early retirement in 1982 after contracting a debilitating muscular disease and rarely emerged in public for more than 20 years. His health seriously deteriorated within the past few weeks and he was moved to a nursing home in Aberdeen where he died.

During his long, painful illness he was lovingly looked after by his wife Freda and son Ian.

Former Evening Express editor Bob Smith said: “David was a first-class newspaper man. For a time he served on the Evening Express newsdesk and showed that here too he could cope with any major news stories.”

Hamish Mackay

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