Sports journalist Sam dies, aged 77

SAM Reynolds, former deputy sports editor of the EADT, Evening Star, and Green 'Un, has died at the age of 77.Sam joined the EADT in 1949, after completing his national service in the RAF.

SAM Reynolds, former deputy sports editor of the EADT, Evening Star, and Green 'Un, has died at the age of 77.

Sam joined the EADT in 1949, after completing his national service in the RAF. He started his career as a news journalist but quickly transferred to the sports department, eventually becoming deputy sports editor.

Although Sam officially retired in 1994, he continued working on the Green 'Un until 2004, when ill health forced him to call it a day after 55 years working on the three Ipswich-based papers.

Outside work, Sam was a talented keyboard player who was very well known in local musical circles. In his late 60s, Sam took up jogging, and completed the Woodbridge 10k road race in a respectable time at the age of 70. In more recent years, he had enjoyed playing bridge.

Sam's wife, Gwen, died in 1991. He leaves four daughters and nine grandchildren. Nick Garnham, the EADT's head of sport who worked alongside Sam for many years, said: “Sam was a great colleague to work with.

“He was very thorough in everything he did and a good mentor to me.

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“He was always cheerful and was well liked and respected by everyone who knew him.

“I am sure I speak for all his ex-colleagues when I say that our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

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