Tony Hyde, former Grimsby Telegraph reporter, dies aged 76

A Regional Press Awards winner who served a regional daily as deputy editor-in-chief has died aged 76.

Tributes were paid to Tony Hyde, whose Grimsby Telegraph career sandwiched a three-year stint on Fleet Street.

Tony, pictured, was responsible for designing the Telegraph’s Regional Press Award-winning splash following a tornado on the Humber Estuary in 2000.

He died in a nursing home on January 27 after living with dementia for several years.

Former Telegraph deputy editor Patrick Otter told his former newspaper: “Tony was a very good deputy editor.

“He was also a good leader on the substitute table and when I went there to learn about ‘dropping’, ‘counting the words’ and figuring out if the guy was right, Tony was the man.

“It wasn’t just in the newsroom that he was popular, the guys who wrote liked and respected him and he was often greeted with the call ‘Hi-de-Hyde!’

“He was a great boy, a great colleague and I’m sure he will be greatly missed.”

Tony began his career at the Telegraph as a trainee in the 1960s, later becoming a member of the sub-editorial team.

He left in 1979 to join the Daily Express and the Daily Star before returning to Grimsby three years later and being appointed Deputy Chief.

Former colleague Dave White said: ‘You can’t work for the Daily Express or be deputy editor of an evening paper unless you’re on top of your job.

“The Deputy Head is a vital position, responsible not only for the design of key pages, but also for ensuring that the workflow allows all other pages to meet their deadlines throughout the various editions of the newspaper. .

“You have to be a real pro to do this, and Tony was.”

Tony was married to Kath, who died last August, for 25 years before divorcing.

He is survived by his sons Chris, Matthew and Jason, Matthew’s wife Gemma, Jason’s partner Vivian, grandchildren Bram, Walter and Margot, sisters Judith, Patricia and Marilynn and brother Peter.

His funeral will be held at Grimsby Crematorium at noon on Friday February 25, followed by a celebration of his life at Coach House in Humberston, Lincolnshire.

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