Tributes to broadcaster John Cole

Published Friday, 08 November 2013
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Veteran political journalist John Cole has died at the age of 85.

Tributes to broadcaster John Cole
John Cole was born in Belfast in 1927. (© PA)

A statement from the family of the Northern Ireland broadcaster said he passed away at his home in Surrey on Thursday, following a long illness.

They said: "While many people will remember John for his journalism and broadcasting, for us he was the most loving, funny and devoted husband, father and grandfather.

"We will miss him terribly, but have so many memories of the tremendous happiness he has brought into our lives."

John Cole was born in Belfast in 1927.

He spent 10 years with the BBC, where he served as Political Editor, after a lengthy career with newspapers including the Belfast Telegraph and The Guardian.

Mr Cole was the face of the channel's political coverage during the 1980s and covered major stories such as the Brighton bomb and the Falklands War.

He retired following the 1992 general election and is survived by his wife Madge, sons Donald, Patrick, David and Michael, and nine grandchildren.

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4 Comments
Realist Warrenpoint in South Down wrote (326 days ago):
God rest to a brilliant presenter who was a labour supporter but totally neutral in all his work Northern Ireland has lost another great person
jim in east belfast wrote (326 days ago):
his famous saying "this is john cole news at six belfast magic rip sir "
Dub in Dublin wrote (326 days ago):
RIP to a good broadcaster..
Ogers in N.abbey wrote (326 days ago):
I will always remember him for broadcasting but his spitting image character was superb
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