The funeral of former Evening News and Evening Standard editor Louis Kirby is being held at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, on Monday (30 October) from midday. Kirby died aged 77 following a long illness.
He began his career as a junior reporter on the Express and Star, Wolverhampton, before spending two years as a reporter on the Royal Gazette in Bermuda. He then spent two years freelancing, before joining the Daily Mail as a general reporter in Manchester.
Kirby's Mail career included stints in Liverpool and Dublin, and in London as court reporter, Parliamentary gallery writer and lobby correspondent.
He joined the Daily Sketch in 1962 as chief reporter, rising to assistant editor, executive editor and then acting editor during its merger with the Daily Mail in 1971.
Kirby was then deputy editor of the Daily Mail from 1971 to '74, vice chairman of now-defunct London paper the Evening News from 1975 to 1980, and then editor of the merged Evening News/Evening Standard until 1986. He retired in 2003 after a stint editing the UK Mail.
Daily Mail and General Trust chairman Lord Rothermere said: "Louis Kirby was an exceptional journalist and editor who made a significant contribution, particularly to life in London. "A great campaigner for his readers as editor of first the London Evening News, then the Evening Standard, he edited with passion and great skill. His 50-year service to the Mail Group was characterised by his talent, commitment and dedication."
Friends and colleagues are welcome to his funeral. Family flowers only.