Funeral arrangements for former editor Harrow Times, Borehamwood Times and Hendon Times, Charlie Harris, announced

Charlie Harris was a 'caring, bright and funny man'

His funeral will take place next Tuesday

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Hundreds are expected to attend the funeral of a “caring, bright and funny” former newspaper editor next week.

Charlie Harris, of Woodlands, North Harrow, passed away after a short battle with liver and bowel cancer at a hospice on Saturday night.

The 60-year-old’s funeral will take place at the Roman Catholic Church of St Matthew in Hallowell Road, Northwood, at 11am next Tuesday, January 14.

After the service, he will be interred at Carpenders Park Lawn Cemetery in Oxhey Lane, Watford.

Following the burial, a reception will be held at the Harrow Hotel, in Pinner Road, Harrow.

News of his death has rocked hundreds of journalists who have all said they were inspired by his passionate and curious outlook on life.

His best friend and neighbour, Councillor James Bond, said: “I hope the church will be absolutely packed with people coming to say goodbye to him. Everyone is welcome to attend.

“Charlie touched a lot of people in a lot of ways. He was such a caring, bright and funny man.”

Charlie worked across Newsquest’s north London titles form 1989 to 2006, and was the first editor of the Harrow Times when it was launched in 1997.

He later became the only person to be elected as president of the Chartered Institute of Journalists twice - a role he was incredibly proud of and held up until his untimely death.

Determined to inspire the reporters of tomorrow, he also taught on various journalism courses and helped many of his students land their first jobs on newspapers.

Those who wish to attend the funeral must contact the CIoJ on memberservices@cioj.co.uk or on 020 7252 1187.

Instead of flowers, it was Charlie’s wish for donations to be made to St Luke’s Hospice, who cared for him in the weeks leading up to his death.

To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/CharlieHarris

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11:21am Tue 7 Jan 14

Frank Ward says...

All the best Charlie and Cheers

The world of journalism has suffered a great loss with the death of Charlie Harris.
I had the great fortune and pleasure in dealing with Charlie over a period of years when I was an active elected Labour member of Hertsmere Borough Council.
I found him extremely dedicated and totally committed to the profession with his instinct for a story or byline most encouraging, refreshing and inspiring to a local politician like myself determined to rebuke the Mafia style code of silence and non-cooperation adopted at that time by the Labour Group of Councillors
Their only reason for this covert policy of refusing to deal directly with the local press was the one occasion a reporter was alleged to have misqouted the late Leader of the Labour Group,former Councillor Alf Rosier.
I refused to comply with this unofficial embargo and enjoyed a protracted period working with the Boreham Wood Times and its numerous Editors over many years bringing newspaper exposure of campaigns against social injustice within the community to the attention of the people.
This was especially true regarding two women's rights cases which I prepared and arranged to be funded with Legal Aid and were won within days of being heard in the High Court in London with Hertsmere Borough Council conceding defeat, thanks again to the support of a local newspaper equally dedicated to exposing injustice.
Thanks to three hundred years of press freedom,which the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats intend to curtail with legislation by abusing the authority of the House of Commons, the Boreham Wood Times is currently able to continue exposing injustice and bringing this to the attention of the people.

Frank Ward
Chairman
Hertsmere UKIP
All the best Charlie and Cheers The world of journalism has suffered a great loss with the death of Charlie Harris. I had the great fortune and pleasure in dealing with Charlie over a period of years when I was an active elected Labour member of Hertsmere Borough Council. I found him extremely dedicated and totally committed to the profession with his instinct for a story or byline most encouraging, refreshing and inspiring to a local politician like myself determined to rebuke the Mafia style code of silence and non-cooperation adopted at that time by the Labour Group of Councillors Their only reason for this covert policy of refusing to deal directly with the local press was the one occasion a reporter was alleged to have misqouted the late Leader of the Labour Group,former Councillor Alf Rosier. I refused to comply with this unofficial embargo and enjoyed a protracted period working with the Boreham Wood Times and its numerous Editors over many years bringing newspaper exposure of campaigns against social injustice within the community to the attention of the people. This was especially true regarding two women's rights cases which I prepared and arranged to be funded with Legal Aid and were won within days of being heard in the High Court in London with Hertsmere Borough Council conceding defeat, thanks again to the support of a local newspaper equally dedicated to exposing injustice. Thanks to three hundred years of press freedom,which the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats intend to curtail with legislation by abusing the authority of the House of Commons, the Boreham Wood Times is currently able to continue exposing injustice and bringing this to the attention of the people. Frank Ward Chairman Hertsmere UKIP Frank Ward
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