Chandler had a voracious thirst for news
VETERAN journalist Norman Chandler, who investigated the Helderberg aircraft disaster in 1987 for The Star newspaper, died in Johannesburg yesterday at the age of 78,
His newspaper career began in 1957 in the sports section at the Evening Post in Port Elizabeth. He went on to spend more than 40 years in mainstream newspapers around the country as well as in Chester, England, in the late 1970s, but not the Western Cape, before establishing his own newspaper in Maun, Botswana.
Some notable headlines included the Neil Armstrong 1969 landing on the moon which coincided with the birth of his only son Neale. Chandler worked for the Rand Daily Mail during the height of the apartheid era when whole sections of pages would be blacked out but printed, until it closed in 1985.
After a brief soujourn into public relations he joined The Star as Defence correspondent, travelling the world at every opportunity churning out voluminous interesting articles. He left for Maun in 1999.
Eighteen years in Maun did not sate his thirst for newspapers and each day and weekend he would voraciously read every one he could lay his hands on.
In recent times he became more familiar with the internet and social media which kept him just as interested.
Chandler is survived by his wife Marinda of 25 years, five daughters and a son and nine grandchildren. He will be sorely missed. A memorial service will be held at the NG Kerk in Weltevreden Park, Johannesburg tomorrow at noon. The service will be in English by special request. – Tracy Burt