My father was a lifelong journalist, notably as science writer at the Globe and Mail in Toronto, and I have to say that a majority of the things that I know about the craft of journalism, I learned from him. I did so both through osmosis and his constant help. That help from him came especially in the early part of my journalism career, and especially in terms of his building up my confidence, at a time when I was receiving a barrage of rejection slips from editors for several years! He was my secret weapon against defeat, telling me what was right, or wrong, about my stories.
Although I had considered for this blog to write some personal reminiscences about him, it occurred to me that as a first step, I’d rather take up the challenge of writing a newspaper-like obituary, impersonal, but factual; which is to say, the way that he spent most of his writing life, always trying to be objective, rarely putting himself in the story. I’ll let time take care of the rest of it, and perhaps some day in the future write something more. I have never before published an obituary of anyone, having only made one effort to do so in the past, and having had it rejected.
So here, for the moment, in my blog section of “Blog articles as opposed to posts,” is my obituary, of my father, a trailblazing Canadian science journalist, who covered most of the major science stories of the second half of the 20th century: David Spurgeon: A Life Devoted to Science, Communications and Living Well.
April 15, 2015 at 4:46 pm
I’m so sorry to read your sad news, Brad. Your father was a remarkable man, and clearly touched many people through his work and through the power of his personality. He must have been immensely proud of you for following in his journalistic footsteps. Thank you for taking the time to share his story with your readers. I send my heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
April 15, 2015 at 4:51 pm
Thanks very, very much Heather.
July 13, 2015 at 2:58 pm
So sorry, Brad for your loss. Your love for him is evident upon reading. David’s footprint upon this world will continue through you. Blessings Chris
July 7, 2015 at 10:33 pm
I don’t know you but send my condolences. I’ve just discovered my great-uncle had the middle name ‘Spurgeon’ and he was named after your ancestor, Robert Spurgeon who was a friend of my great-grandfather in India. We’re descended from the baptist missionary, William Carey.