Former senior journalist at The News dies at age of 71

Peter Chislett
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A funeral service was held today for a former news editor of The News who has died at the age of 71.

Peter Chislett, who became the youngest editor in England when he left Portsmouth in 1981 to take over The Hartlepool Mail, died at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester after a short illness.

The son of naval architect, he started his career in journalism in local newspapers and progressed to Fleet Street, where he worked on a number of national titles and for the international news service Associated Press. He returned south to work for The News and to pursue his great love of tennis, playing for Lee-on-the-Solent Tennis Club and Hampshire.

At The News he met his future wife Philippa, who was also a journalist on the paper.

They were married for six years, and had a daughter, Victoria.

Peter was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and retired early, working part-time on local newspapers, and returning to the south to live at Midhurst, West Sussex.

At the funeral service at Chichester Crematorium, the Reverend Neville Jacob said that Peter had been a hard-hitting, determined journalist who had the highest standards.

‘He lived the life he had chosen to the full’ he added.

Reflecting Peter’s love of sailing, his daughter read Sea Fever by John Masefield.