Hugh Farmer, who has died aged 77, was one of Scotland’s most prolific and hard working journalists and former editor of the Scottish Catholic Observer. He enjoyed a career spanning five decades and enthusiastically covered every aspect of Scottish life.
He began his career on The Eastern Standard before graduating to The Daily Express, the Daily Record and The Sunday People where he remained for 27 years.
A devout Catholic he still found time in his life to assist with Flourish, the paper produced for the Archdiocese of Glasgow. Over the years, he worked closely with the bishops helping the hierarchy with media relations.
On leaving The Sunday People, he ran his own successful news agency working for all the national papers. For a long time, he was editor of the Scottish Catholic Observer.
His life was informed by his strong faith and he was delighted when The Sunday People granted him sabbatical leave in order to help with the media planning for the highly successful visit to Scotland of Pope John Paul 11 in 1982. He was regularly at the Pope’s side both in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
His work at this time gave him tremendous satisfaction both professionally and spiritually. It was undoubtedly one of the many highlights of his career. He was very active within the church in Scotland and forged many close and lasting friendships with people far and wide as a result.
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