VIDEO: Family and friends gather in Worthing for funeral of Fleet Steet legend Derek Jameson

FAMILY and friends gathered to pay their respect to Derek Jameson, whose funeral took place this afternoon (Tuesday, September 25) in Worthing.

Tributes were offered to the former Fleet Street editor and BBC Radio broadcaster, who died from a heart attack earlier this month.

Reverend James Bamber, of Offington Park Methodist Church, led the funeral service, praising him as a man who had “lived an amazing life” and would be much-missed by all who knew him.

Just before the service, there was a funerary procession through the town leading to Steyne Gardens and the seafront.

Leading the family tributes, Derek’s son Peter described how his father had risen from extremely tough surroundings to become editor of four national newspapers.

Describing him as a man equally comfortable with speaking with the homeless as he was mixing alongside royalty, he said there “was no doubt how much he loved his family and how much we loved him.”

He said: “We saw him for a family gathering six weeks ago and there was a real sense of generosity about him - that’s what people remember about him and I’d like to be remembered that way too and that’s what made him a great dad. I shall miss him.”

Derek’s wife Ellen, described him as an “extraordinary man” who enjoyed giving something back to the community in the Worthing area.

She said he never put on any airs and graces. She said he had a great empathy with those who had been treated wrongly and who always relished learn about people from all walks of life and discovering their stories.

“He was looked up to by many people, but he never looked down on anyone. Life with him was never dull, but neither was it as exhausting as some people had imagined.

“He loved it when people talked about what he was doing but he was someone at ease in his own company and was quite happy sitting in the conservatory at home and watching wildlife in the garden.”

- For full story, see this week’s Herald (September 27).