Cynicism never took hold of Steve Coad


imgresTomorrow my friend Steve Coad will be laid to rest.

Gone too soon at 64, despite his stellar fitness level and good diet.

I worked with Coadie for 17  years, half of that time in the sports department at The London Free Press.

I came in as a bright-eyed, idealist and found kinship with Coadie, always excited and enthusiastic to be reporting, despite the fact he had been in a newsroom for more than a decade.

Coadie never became a cynic.  His love of sports, journalism and affection for the athletes he covered never waned. I don’t know how he did it.

In a business that is full of distrust – and it has to be to an extent – Coadie never became mired in cynicism. He kept the faith somehow.

His youthful attitude was mirrored in his appearance. He easily looked 20 years younger. Always did.

Everything about him was buoyant.

That’s not to say he didn’t get upset about the state of journalism, working conditions or the stress of an industry mired in dropping ad revenue and subscriptions, as well as the ever-changing technology we use that isn’t always easily adapted.

But he always rebounded: Ready for the next laugh, the next story, the next run.

I will miss you Steve Coad.  Thanks for the many ways you made life better.

Thanks for all the talks we had and the fun times we shared at sporting events. Thanks for going with me to Cleveland to cover a story and then sharing a box of Crispy Cremes. Thanks for your presents and your presence.

But above all, thanks for your belief  in the good things of this world. Hope you’re enjoying the next world.


7 thoughts on “Cynicism never took hold of Steve Coad

  1. Although I did not work directly with Steve I had chatted with him on numerous occasions. Clear to see he was very genuine. A great spirit indeed. He will be sadly missed by many. RIP.

  2. Yes. Remember this. Someone’s specific job. Then proof readers were fellow copy editors who had to sign off on a page that he/she proofed. Then the job went to the person on any given night who had a free moment.
    Now …..?

  3. If you looked at the staff photos in the 1949 LFP anniversary issue, could you spot women who did this?
    Some of the names are of people who would be there for years to come.

  4. Paving the way for other women who followed. Great to reflect on this. Thank you.
    And did you know that the Free Press had its own plane? I’m going to devote a post to The News Hawk.

  5. Women back then were not trying to set it up for others, just trying to earn a living. So soon after the war,
    some likely had been hired to fill the places of men who had joined up but others were doing the usual clerical “woman’s work”. Alphabetic order mostly, so hard to sort out seniority.
    I was actually wondering if you recognized any of their names – not clear on what year you were hired
    there. Some men are still around but editorial names were better known to the public. It was female
    proofreaders that we were trying to identify.

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