Saturday, 19 March 2011

30 - Ernie Lee

Ernie Lee, a retired London Free Press news photo vet, died Friday at 89

A London Free Press story says the award-winning photographer began his newspaper career in the post-war 40s when hired by the newspaper for $25 a week.

Friends say Lee, a National Newspaper Award winner, loved to chase ambulances, fire trucks and police cruisers and raised a family doing so, starting with a Speed Graphic camera.

The Salvation Army has very detailed obit online for the former Jubilee Brass band trombonist.

The Jubilee Brass tribute includes the following:

As a Christian Salvationist, Ernie found the post-war newsroom a rough-tough environment to survive in leading him to cancel his membership at the Press Club due to the language and smoking.

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