Popular “Journal” Staff man passes on

The late Newell McBride.
The late Newell McBride.

It is with profound regret that we record the passing of one of the “Derry Journal’s” highly respected former staff members this week.

Newell McBride, from Oakfield Avenue, passed away on Wednesday following a short ilness. He was 71.

Well known and highly respected throughout the city and beyond, Newell was a hugely popular quizmaster and barman in local venues such as the Don Bar and Bennigan’s Bar.

His “correct!” and “corrong!” responses to the quiz questions he posed always entertained those taking part and he will be sorely missed at his quiz scene venues.

A big West Ham United supporter, Newell always made his presence felt when in company and, indeed, his friendly “slagging off” and ability to tell funny jokes was much appreciated by all those who knew him.

Having entered the “Derry Journal” as a compositor in the mid-1970s, Newell opted to take early retirement after 25 years service, but he actually remained on the pay-roll on a part-time basis for a few years afterwards.

While his absence from the “Journal” will be sorely missed having diligently taken care of staff savings up until his death, Newell’s loss to his closely knit family circle will be incalculable.

To his devoted wife, Josephine; loving daughters Karen, Julie and Lisa and his grandchildren, the sympathy of the community is extended.

Newell will be buried tomorrow morning in the City Cemetery following a Funeral Service in his home at 11.30 a.m.

May he rest in peace.