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Welsh journalist and campaigner John Williams dies aged 68

15 September 2011

John Williams, a journalist who forged a career based on integrity and dedication to his profession, has died at the age of 68.

He started his journalistic career in 1965 in his native Wales with the North Wales Chronicle before working on the Coventry Standard and then the Sunday Mercury.

In 1974, he moved to the South Wales Echo and, throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he worked for the Western Mail, notably as the paper’s business editor and later as the editor of the Welsh Homes supplement.

In the time he had free, he campaigned for Welsh independence and served many years as a community councillor.

He was a dedicated NUJ member who retired from work in 2003. He moved to Barcelona where only ill-health prevented him from pursuing his aim to continue as a freelance journalist. He is survived by his wife, Ann, and children Gareth and Nia.

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