Stephen Brennan

Only 46 when he died of stomach cancer, Steve Brennan packed a lot of journalism into a short life.

Not long after he graduated from the London College of Printing in 1975, he took a job sub-editing on TV Times. There followed a series of posts that reflected his interests in rock music (he played several instruments), motorcycling and flying. Among them were the editorship of Custom Car magazine and later Motor Cycle Weekly, as well as senior posts on SuperBike and International Musician and Recording World.

He also worked in the Caribbean, where he edited an aviation magazine in Grand Cayman.

His particular strength was production editing and when he moved to Fleet Street, it was as deputy systems editor on the London Daily News.

His career included full-time jobs on The Mirror, Sunday People, the Sunday Express and the News of the World.

He also did freelance work, sometimes as a layout artist, for trade weeklies, and contributed articles and occasionally photographs to Melody Maker, The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph and other newspapers and journals.

Eventually, he became a production editor in The Times features department.

He was skilled at handling copy and designing pages and his advanced computer and web skills were in demand by colleagues.

In his spare time, he liked to hire a small plane and take off to France or Belgium for a day. Occasionally, on trips abroad, he would widen his flying experience in the US and the Cayman Islands, experience that helped him to gain commercial pilot qualification.

His wife, Katherine, and two children, Lewis and Katy, survive him.

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