Tribute has been paid to a long-serving newsman who has died, aged 74.
Joe Gorrod died in the early hours of yesterday morning at Marie Curie Hospice after battling cancer for several months.
From the 1960s onward he had worked at newspapers including the Northern Whig and the Mirror, and spent much of his career heading up the latter’s Northern Irish coverage.
Described as “legendary” by ex-colleague Alan Lewis, he finally retired in 2009.
His widow Eileen, from south Belfast, said: “He covered Bloody Sunday, he covered the Shankill Butchers, right back to the last man to be hanged in Belfast – he did his trial.
“He had a lot of contacts, and was very good at his job.”
Originally from Hartlepool in England, he came to Northern Ireland in 1958 for his national service, and two years later married Eileen.
He had three children, Tim, Joanne and Tracey, and five grandchildren.
Mr Lewis, working with Belfast’s Photopress photographic agency, was a “lifelong friend”. He said: “He was one of the finest guys you could ever wish to meet – always a twinkle in his eye, and a comment for everything.”
A mass will be held for him in St Malachy’s in Alfred Street at 1pm on Friday, and anyone is welcome to attend.
His body will be taken to Roselawn to be cremated, before being interred in a crypt in St Malachy’s.