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Tim King RIP

26 May 2023
Tim in the Czech Republic
Tim in the Czech Republic

Malcolm 'Tim' Trevor King
OP 1954
8 May 1936 - 15 March 2023

With our thanks to Tim's son Stefan

Tim King was born in Portsmouth on May 8, 1936 as Malcolm Trevor King. His schoolday pals christened him Tim. His mother died when he was four and his father, who was in the Royal Navy, died when Tim was 21. He attended Boundary Oak school and later The Portsmouth Grammar School where he excelled. He left school set on a career in journalism. 
Tim joined the Evening News as a cub reporter in 1954 and soon made a name for himself. He was the only journalist onboard the Royal Navy’s last battleship HMS Vanguard when she famously ran aground in Portsmouth Harbour. In 1963, he interviewed Dwight D ‘Ike’ Eisenhower, whom he asked about the D-Day landings. He would go on to interview three prime ministers, including Ted Heath, whom he located at the Royal Southern Yacht Club on the morning after his election victory in 1970. His regular contribution to the paper was ‘Nelson’s Column’, a personal view of what was occurring in the Royal Navy in which Tim had served during his National Service days (1957–60).
Tim left the News, as it had become, in the 1970s and went to work for the Southampton Echo. After leaving the Echo, he taught journalism at Highbury Technical College. In his retirement, Tim enjoyed travelling around Europe with his wife Carolyn. Tim leaves his wife Carolyn and three children Jonathan, Stefan and Suzanne.

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