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Obit­u­ar­ies edi­tor

WHO is wor­thy of an obit­u­ary on this page?

That is a ques­tion we ask our­selves every week, and the an­swer is not al­ways ob­vi­ous.

Prom­i­nent com­mu­nity fig­ures, politi­cians, ed­u­ca­tors, lit­er­ary heavy­weights, busi­ness­peo­ple, sporting stars, tele­vi­sion and movie and mu­sic per­son­al­i­ties — they are the bread and but­ter of an obit­u­ar­ies page.

But what about the woman who vol­un­teered at a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion for 20 years? What about that longserv­ing teacher? What about the bloke who in­vented stuff in his shed? What about your grand­mother who was a life mem­ber of five clubs?

We want this page to do a bet­ter job re­flect­ing the lives of the peo­ple in the South.

So, we need to have more obit­u­ar­ies for or­di­nary peo­ple, for want of a bet­ter word. And we need to have more

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