Working in the newspaper industry for 15 years, I have met many “characters” – all of whom make life more interesting and a richer place.
I had news today of the passing of Eddie Waters, a member of staff who had worked for most of the NI newspapers, but mostly for the News of the World and Sunday Times (while I knew him anyway) as a picture desk operator and researcher.
Eddie was eloquent, a little bohemian and sometimes ‘demanding’ (of the Technology support staff at least), but he and I had a history that meant that we knew each other quite well so he was nice towards me and although not friends, we were quite friendly and chatted when we met.
When Eddie ‘retired’ a few years ago, he held a party at the Wiltons Music hall in Wapping and invited everyone that had been “nice to him” over the years, the location was chosen because his family being from the stage had played there. Eddie didn’t stop working after his retirement and was still at NI at least until a few weeks ago when I saw and spoke to him.
I was unaware that he had been ill and he of course didn’t mention it when we met, however apparently he had recently undergone surgery to remove a tumor and seemed to be recovering well. He suffered a heart attack this morning however and died about 7am.
People like Eddie seem like they will be around forever and it is a shock to those left behind when they are gone.
The world is a less colourful place for his passing.