In common with many others who’ve written here, I’ve known Colin for nearly 25 years, and was deeply saddened by this morning’s news. One of my earliest memories is of inviting him to the old Wembley Stadium to watch the Charity Shield (Man U v. Liverpool, I think) from a hospitality suite when I was Marketing Manager at Rohm Electronics. Colin was very gracious about my obvious ignorance of football’s finer points, and thanks to his infectious enthusiasm I enjoyed the match immensely. A couple of years later - when I started to write for Microwave Engineering Europe - I found myself as one of his colleagues at Morgan-Grampian/Miller Freeman/CMP. Much later we both worked on a freelance basis for EBP in Brussels, where he was a great source of advice on successful magazine production from a distance. More recently I’ve been talking with him regularly from the ‘other side of the fence’ in PR, which really made no difference to Colin – whatever the situation he was always happy to chat, advise, or be persuaded to attend a press conference. As many of you have said, he was invariably ready with a smile and a funny story, rarely had a bad word to say about anyone, and was a thoroughly professional editor as well as one of the nicest people I’ve known. He will be greatly missed, and is a real loss to our industry.
Goodbye Colin, truly one of a kind but also one of the best.
What a sad day. Colin was a terrific journalist and an all-around good guy. I'll miss his good humor and insights shared when running into him at conferences and events. Even more, the industry will miss his byline.
Deepest condolences to his UBM colleagues and family.
I worked with Colin , on and off, for over 25 years and a more professional and nicer guy you could not wish to have on the team. When I edited Electronics Times and a vacancy came up for a Products Editor, I could not be bothered with the usual niceties and rushed down a floor of Morgan Grampian towers and put an application form in his hands (Sorry, Ron). Boy, did I make the right decision! The electronics industry , never mind the electronics fourth estate, lost a great guy, and me a very close friend.
I will truly miss our chats ( more often than not one sided, especially when it came to football, cricket, etc) and his forever happy demeanour , and more latterly our phone calls.
Just one of many potential anecdotes-- inevitably football related. With an edition of Distribution Times to be passed by 9am the following morning, Colin , with still a feature to write at 7 pm, heaved himself up and announced he was off to see an FA cup replay at Charlton. He ignored my raised eyebrows, and, of course, the special issue did go to the printers at 9am.
Cheers, Colin, we will all miss you
Colin occupied the desk to mine on my first day as a journalist -- May 14, 1984 -- when I came in to work on Electronic Engineering in Woolwich.
He showed me the ropes.
And, off and on, he has been at a desk next to mine ever since, although it has been increasingly a virtual desk.
It is hard to accept he is not there helping to make things better; either by getting stuck in to the work, or with a suggestion, or with a joke; and usually all of the above.
A great character that is gone too soon.
This is sad news indeed. I first met Colin when I started out as a journalist. Looking back it was a wonderful time to be covering the industry with a great collection of UK journalists from several vibrant magazines. Colin was one such journalist, and a lovely bloke. Sincere condolences to his family. Roy Rubenstein.
When anyone dies with so much left to give it is sad, and leaves a hole in the life of their family and friends.
But Colin's passing will leave a hole in the industry. The amount of cheer and humour has dropped, the electronics world is a little drabber than it was.
I first met Colin at the the first press conference I attended and he has always seemed to be there: asking shrewd questions, happy to grab a pint afterwards, seeming to know everything about every technology.
He will be missed. I hope the affection & regard he is held by colleagues & the industry is some consolation to family & friends at a sad time.
This is so sad. I met Colin numerous times at work, our events or at the bar. His infectious smile and sense of humor always brought a smile to my face.
He was the lifeline of our Design Events and a dear friend. No words can do justice to this loss and he will be deeply missed.
Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.