Funeral Taking Place Today of Norman Adams

The funeral is understood to be taking place Today of Aberdeen-born journalist and author, Norman Adams, who has died aged 74, from cancer.

Say obituaries of him, he was working, almost up to his death, on his latest script for Commando comics – published by the Dundee-based DC Thomson group.

Fellow former Scottish Daily Express journalist, Ninian Reid, is quoted, as saying: “All his working life, Norman was a wordsmith of extraordinary range and talent.

“The thread of Norman's literacy legacy – and it's a formidable one – could be woven round two predominant but far from exclusive themes: body-snatching and the unsettling presence of ghosts, down through the cob-webbed centuries.

“Much of Norman's huge talent, for flawless and engaging writing, was influenced by masters of the craft of journalism, who have long since parted company with us but who may well be gathering to welcome Norman's returned to their heavenly domain.”

The obituaries add that Adams began his career in journalism at the Aberdeen office of DC Thomson, “where a respect for accuracy and getting the facts right was instilled in him by his mentor, the kenspeckle and legendary boss of the Aberdeen newsdesk – Charlie Easton”.

They continue by saying that, as well as working for the Scottish Daily Express, he worked for the Daily Record and spent a year in what is now Zimbabwe, in the mid-1960s, with The Rhodesia Herald.

With two former Express colleagues, Ernie Wight and Donald Smith, he formed a news and PR agency: Aberdeen News and PR Services.

He was later also editor, for three years,  of the north-east based Leopard Magazine and, for more than 20 years, was an associate of the Aberdeen public relations consultancy, Logik Image Management.

And he collaborated with his step-son, Mark Forbes, in producing several short films that have been screened at UK film festivals.