The funeral is being held tomorrow for award-winning News of the World journalist David Gordois – who has died of cancer.
Among those who have paid tribute to the paper’s former travel editor is president of Virgin Atlantic Sir Richard Branson who said: “Travellers had no greater friend than David. His deep knowledge of so many countries, tourist hotspots, pretty paths and unspoilt beaches, guided News of the World readers to some of the best holiday locations in the world.
‘David can rest knowing that his wise advice will live on forever. Our thoughts are with his family.”
David, 70, had worked at the News of the World since 1964, as a sub-editor and Letters Page editor before becoming Travel Editor. He continued to contribute to the paper after his retirement.
He won numerous awards, and was the first popular tabloid journalist to be named English Tourist Board Travel Writer of the Year for the journalist or author “judged to have had the greatest impact on English tourism through articles or features”.
News of the World editor Colin Myler said: ‘David was without question the most gifted travel editor of his generation.
‘His integrity and credibility within the travel industry was incomparable. He knew exactly what readers wanted and always championed their rights.
‘On top of that he was one of the nicest people you could ever meet.”
David Gordois’s funeral will be at 1pm tomorrow (Friday 30 May) at Woking Crematorium, Hermitage Road, Woking GU21 8TJ.
The family have requested no flowers and any donations be made to : Woking Hospice, 5 Hillview Road, Woking GU22 7HW – Tel 01483 881750.