Friday, June 24, 2011

F. Gilman Spencer III, R.I.P.



My father passed away this morning in New York City after a brief illness. He died peacefully and painlessly, surrounded by his family.

Because at one time he was a rather famous newspaper editor here in New York, I just got a call from Bill Grimes of the New York Times.

He said he had talked to a good number of people worked with my dad at various newspapers over his 50-year career in the business.

"Boy," Grimes said. "He sure was beloved."

He sure was.

We are sad beyond words.

UPDATE: More here here and here.

UPDATE II: Here is the NY Times story.

8 Comments:

Blogger Bob Bohne said...

My condolences to you and your family. Hope to talk to you soon.

Bob

June 24, 2011 at 1:55 PM 
Blogger jake said...

So sorry for your loss. Your dad was a remarkable newspaperman.

June 24, 2011 at 2:40 PM 
Blogger Dannytheman said...

I never met your dad, but I can tell by others and what was written that he was the real deal! He seemed to be quite a mans man and great reporter.

I am so sorry for your loss!

June 24, 2011 at 4:16 PM 
Anonymous Delco72 said...

My sincere condolences to you, Gil. It's never easy losing a parent. I am thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.

June 25, 2011 at 7:35 AM 
Blogger Alex Smith said...

Gil, Sorry to hear about your dad's passing. When I came to Philadelphia in '85 he was just leaving the Daily News but his legacy was apparent,particularly the incredible slate of columnists - Dexter, Stone, Schulian, Mullen, etc. During my brief stint as a journalist in SW VA, my sports editor wrote incredibly catchy headlines and columns that I later found out where influenced by the Philly D-News, which he had delivered to his door step. As his roomate I began reading and thought it was an incredible newspaper. Hope all is well optherwise.

Alex Smith aka "Kaline"

June 25, 2011 at 1:33 PM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

My condolences Gil, best wishes for the family

June 25, 2011 at 4:28 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my heart is heavy.
- anon
denver post
88-'95

June 27, 2011 at 10:50 PM 
Anonymous Hooker 07 said...

I have lost respect for most journalists - but you are one whom I respect and admire for getting to the meat of a story, having the brains and independence to stay with the facts and not being afraid to tell it like it is. I met your Dad years ago and he was a great role model for your career. Please accept my sympathies for your loss.

June 28, 2011 at 7:29 PM 

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