Newspaper Chief 'Was a Man of Strong Principle'

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Newspaper Chief 'Was a Man of Strong Principle'


St Mark's Parish Church at Dundela in east Belfast was packed with people representing a wide spectre of the many interests which Capt Henderson had pursued throughout his long career in publishing and in other business, community, social and charitable organisations.

The 86-year-old former Irish Guards offcer and Second World War veteran, who died last Friday after a short illness, combined the roles from 1959 to 1989 of managing director and chairman of Century Newspapers, which published the News Letter, a title he was extremely proud of.

During the funeral service, Capt Henderson's son-in-law Alan Clarke paid a fulsome tribute, stating "the Captain" was a man who loved the written word and the News Letter and its long and distinguished tradition in publishing.

Mr Clarke said Capt Henderson oversaw tremendous changes in the newspaper publishing world from the 1960s to the 1980s and displayed great leadership qualities, which upheld the almost 200-year family
connection with the News Letter.

He was highly regarded in UK newspaper publishing.

Capt Henderson's father, Commander Oscar Henderson, was private secretary to the governors of Northern Ireland at Hillsborough from 1922 to 1947 and his grandfather was Sir James Henderson DL, one-time
lord mayor of Belfast and the city and borough's frst high sheriff.

Capt Henderson's association with the News Letter began in 1947 when he was recruited at the age of 23 by the then proprietor, his uncle James
Henderson - Mr Clarke said this was on a starting weekly wage of Au5, rising subsequently to Au10, money which James considered "almost recklessly generous". …

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