Final tribute to newspaper man

PUBLISHED: 12:15 17 June 2010 | UPDATED: 15:53 16 August 2010

A FORMER deputy editor of the Sunday Express, when it had a circulation of more than three million, has died.

A FORMER deputy editor of the Sunday Express, when it had a circulation of more than three million, has died.

The funeral of James Kinlay, 83, of Allington Road, Orpington, is to be held at Beckenham Crematorium next Thursday at 11:15am

Mr Kinlay, a father-of-five, joined the Sunday Express in the '50s and was the right-hand man for fellow Scot and editor-in-chief Sir John Junor, as well as working with iconic cartoonists Carl Giles and Michael Cummings.

Week by week a stream of political leaders saved their loudest salvoes for the Sunday Express leader page from Reginald Maudling to Alec Douglas-Home, Manny Shinwell to Harold Wilson. And it was Mr Kinlay's job to keep them happy.

His daughter Deborah Kinlay, 52, said: "He will be best remembered for having a fantastic sense of humour. He was a brilliant writer and a gifted poet but that was very much for his own pleasure.

"He was very much about helping and guiding other people.

"He was incredibly knowledgeable on many subjects. He was a fantastic father and husband and grandfather. He was extremely family orientated."

He was also involved in the serialisation of the memoirs of the Duke of Windsor and later his wife, Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee for whom he abdicated from the British throne as Edward VIII.

Mr Kinlay was born in Edinburgh and graduated from Glasgow University.

He started his journalism career on the Mombasa Times in Kenya, where two of his five children were born.

After three years in Kenya, he and his wife Elizabeth moved to Orpington, where he began his Fleet Street career on the Evening Standard, but was soon recruited to the Sunday Express.

Over the past ten years, Mr Kinley fought several bouts of cancer. He died on June 8 with his family by his bedside after being taken to Princess Royal Hospital in Farnborough, with an infection.

His wife died 17 years ago and he is survived by his five children and five grandchildren.

The family plan to hold a memorial service at St Bride's in Fleet Street in October. A date has yet to be confirmed.

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