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Veteran newsman Charles dies, 93; OBITUARY Geoff Charles Journalist and photographer.

Byline: EMYR WILLIAMS

THE death of Welsh journalist and photographer Geoff Charles at the age of 93 marks the passing of a remarkable man who had been the backbone of many regional newspapers, including the Welsh language weekly, Y Cymro, over a many years.

Recognised in newspaper circles as a top class journalist and photographer, Geoff Charles was born in Liverpool in January 1909, and brought up in Brymbo, near Wrexham.

He was awarded a scholarship by Denbighshire County Council to study journalism at King's College, London, where he gained an Honours Diploma.

Over the years he was a journalist and also a photographer with many newspapers.

He became involved in the re-launch of the Montgomeryshire Express, while at the same time taking photographs for the weekly newspaper, Y Cymro.

He moved back to North Wales and served with Y Cymro in Caernarfon until he retired in 1974.

Former editor of Y Cymro, John Roberts Williams, said:

"Geoff will be sadly missed, for he was always a credit to his profession, both as a journalist and photographer."

In recent years Geoff Charles, who was a member of the National Eisteddfod's Gorsedd of Bards, donated more than 120,000 negatives of his Cymro photographs to the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.

Geoff Charles is survived by a son and two daughters, John, Janet and Susan. The funeral service will be at Shrewsbury Crematorium on Tuesday, March 19.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 11, 2002
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