'Mr Snodland' Peter Rimmer has died after a short illness
Wednesday 17th June 2020
PETER Rimmer, the man affectionately known as Mr Snodland, has died after a short illness.
Peter spent a decade contributing to Downs Mail's Town Talk section spreading local news to the community's 12,000 residents.
His son Andrew said: "He fought a very short battle with cancer, and died peacefully at home with his family by his bedside on Monday."
Andrew said there will be a memorial service in due course.
Last year, Peter, then aged 76, announced he would relinquish his role as Town Talk editor.
He joked at the time: "I'm firing myself before you have to do it for me!"
He added: "I'm getting on a bit now and I want to spend time doing other things. I'll still attend many of the events I always have done but just won't be reporting on them.
"I have enjoyed it but all good things have to end some time and I'd rather choose my time to go."
Peter, who swapped reporting the news in his early career for running a business, was chairman of Addington Football Club, a school governor, founder member of Snodland Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Snodland Partnership. He became the first choice to edit Town Talk.
Mail Publications President Dennis Fowle, who first met Peter as a trainee reporter on the Kent Messenger when he was editor, said: "I always got on very well with him and later his work for us was very, very valuable. We'll miss him."
Mail Publications Chairman Claire Procter said: "Peter was part of the Downs Mail family for a long time and we came to depend on him. He was thoughtful and insightful as well as being a genuinely nice man. I am so sorry to hear this news. Our thoughts are with his family."
Downs Mail editor Simon Finlay said: "Peter was an old school journalist - solid, dependable and accurate. He knew what makes a good locally interesting story and the power of a picture. He was a true gentleman and l'm so sorry to hear of his death."
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