Rob Scully

Rob Scully, press officer of transport and travel union TSSA and former showbiz correspondent of the Press Association, has died, aged 43.

He died suddenly, at Lewisham Hospital on 27 October, after suffering a series of epileptic seizures.

Rob began his reporting career in 1981 with the Worsley Journal, part of the Bolton Evening News group, and later as a senior reporter with the Evening News.

He worked for the Western Daily Press from 1985, as Forest of Dean district reporter, before moving to Fleet Street in 1987 as a PA news reporter, where he covered the aftermath of the Hungerford massacre and did two tours of duty in Northern Ireland.

Rob was at PA for nine years, latterly as showbiz, arts and media correspondent.

He then went freelance, mostly for The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mirror, before joining the Office of the Rail Regulator as a press officer in 1998.

He moved to Newham Council as a press officer and later did freelance PR work for several other London boroughs. He joined TSSA in February. His funeral took place in London last month. A memorial service for Rob was held on 3 December in his home town of Frodsham, Cheshire.

Andrew Evans, PA News

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