Posted: 29.01.21 at 14:49 by Trowbridge Nub News
The family of Gary Baker, editor of Trowbridge Nub News, have paid tribute to him after he recently passed away.
Gary had been the editor of Trowbridge Nub News for eight months since the site launched, but passed away on January 6 following a fall in the town a few days earlier. His funeral was on January 20.
In a statement from the family on behalf of Joe, Lucie, his mum and his daughter Sally, they said: "Gary used to sing a song called King of the Road - those lyrics describe the essence of him
"Gary was quietly cheeky, always hopeful and kept on trying. To all the people that have paid tribute, we are very thankful for their kind thoughts now and their friendship to Gary over the years - it has made his life rich and meaningful."
The CEO of Nub News, Karl Hancock, has also paid tribute to Gary who built up Trowbridge Nub New from scratch and who Karl hailed as an "excellent journalist".
Karl said: "Gary was a superb journalist that threw himself into the Trowbridge community. An incredibly dedicated worker, he had built an excellent brand in such a short space of time. I know that he was also loving his new job and was looking forward to 2021 so much. He always brightened up our meetings with his enthusiasm. He will be sadly missed by me and all his colleagues at Nub News."
Before joining Nub News, Gary was public relations director for Wales and West Media and was sports editor for Gloucestershire Newspapers, including The Forester, from 2015 to 2018.
Sport played a major part in Gary's career as he also worked as communications manager for Wales Rugby League, was a selected freelance journalist for the London 2012 Olympics and held the role of acting sports editor for the South Wales Argus. Gary was also editor of SME Wales Magazine from 2011 to 2015.
Andy Sherwill, former editor of The Forester, also paid tribute to Gary and said: “Gary was both funny and inspirational, and at times challenging.
"His stories however, often left you smiling as he delved into his repertoire of anecdotes. Gary had an enthusiasm and an unrivalled passion for sport, politics and journalism and was not fazed by spending hours attending council meetings that lasted long into the night.
“In his spare time Gary embraced his passion by covering many international and regional rugby matches from the press benches as well as reporting from Rodney Parade, home to Newport County and the Dragons.
“He was one of a kind and will be missed.”
Gary was an integral part of the Nub News reporting team, and his final post on its internal messaging group summed up how he was enjoying his working life before his tragic passing.
He wrote: "I would never have guessed that I would be fortunate enough to become part of a great 'family' like the Nub News clan. Thanks to everyone for your help and support during a truly unbelievable year."
Tim Lethaby, who runs some of the Nub News sites in Somerset, said: "I know I speak for all of the team when I say that we will really miss Gary, and everything he brought to Nub News. He was a fantastic journalist who was taken too soon."