Paul Mark Fry

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£870.00

Offline: £20.00

Target: £1,000.00

Paul was a kind, witty, generous, devoted family man who brightened up the lives of those who were fortunate enough to have met him

Paul passed away peacefully on the 22nd of December 2023, surrounded by his family at his home in Leicester, after an eight month battle with metastatic colon cancer.

Devoted husband to Pam.

Loving Father to Stefanie, Michelle and Father-in-law to Tania.

Much loved brother to Garry, Kevin and later reunited with John, Margaret and the late Mary.

Dear brother in law, uncle, family member and friend.

Cat dad to Derek and Grandad to fur babies, Blue, Darcy and Freya.

Paul was an extremely kind, generous and thoughtful man, who would always put others' needs before his own. His quick wit and quirky sense of humour never failed to make people smile, gaining him many friends.

Paul was a loving and supportive husband and dad. He was one of a kind, a true gentleman with a heart of gold. The room instantly lit up when Paul, the king of the "Dad jokes" was around.

Many happy memories were made throughout the years, of holidays, days out and time spent as a family. There were always giggles over a game of Jenga, the tenderness of carrots and the infamous VAR night.

Although ink wasn't in Paul's blood, he was born to be a journalist. Paul travelled the world with his career, reporting on a number of stories. Most notably reporting on the World Cup in Mexico 1986 and the famous hand of God goal scored by Diego Maradona. The death of Princess Diana and the Heysel stadium disaster, which he later went on to write about in his own memoirs "Journeyman".

Paul's career spanned 47 years in newspapers, including 35 years in Fleet Street, a further five more in New Zealand, representing The Herald before he returned to the UK where he spent some fun times at unsociable hours as he continued to prepare news for the kiwi paper from his UK bedroom. Before finally working for the Derby Telegraph, somewhat a little closer to home.

Marie Curie helped us care for Paul during his final weeks. The experienced health care staff covered overnight care, allowing our family to rest and were a fantastic support. Our family will be forever grateful for all the help and support that we received in our hour of need and now wants to pay it forward to others.

Donations can be made in Paul's memory via this page.

Latest donations


  • £15.00 Graham Marsden

  • £20.00 Lorrie Bennett

  • £20.00 Pauline Griffiths

    In loving memory of Paul a lovely man

  • £50.00 Bryan Pugh

    Proud to attend the funeral today and represent the many friends Paul made at The Sporting Life. He was a much-loved colleague.

  • £30.00 Sharmaine Ed Truscott

    Wonderful man one in a million big loss to us all god bless sweet cheeks xxx

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