Chan­dler had a vo­ra­cious thirst for news

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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

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