December 8 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Family and friends have paid tribute to former long-time Exmouth Journal photographer Julie Carter who died last week aged 65.
Julie, formerly Julie Hodge, was found by family members in her Imperial Road flat on August 18 – she had been suffering from cancer.
For more than 20 years, she was the eyes and ears of the Journal, who with her sharp eye for a picture and a good nose for a news story documented every facet of Exmouth life from the Journal’s base on Chapel Hill.
She was born at Mowbray House Nursing Home in Heavitree on April 5, 1948, and was educated at Exeter Road Primary School and Exmouth Grammar School.
After leaving school she worked as a librarian in Exmouth Library and at the Express & Echo before working in the advertising department of the Exmouth Journal from 1970.
A lifelong supporter of the RNLI, a motorsports and tennis enthusiast, she also took up photography as a hobby – and this soon led to a position as a staff photographer at the Journal.
There she worked up until 1990, although she continued as a freelance photographer and feature writer until 1995.
David Bazell, former editor of the Exmouth Journal, said: “Julie was an astute and resourceful photographer and a thoroughly worthy member of the Journal newsgathering team for many years.
“She could also turn her hand to feature writing.
“Julie, who was also a good friend, had an inexhaustible determination to turn in good work, was ever willing to set about a task, and possessed the drive always to try to exceed what was expected of her.
“She was often proud of her news pictures and it was mostly easy to see why.”
Her mother, Monica, said: “She will be sadly missed by all her family and friends.”
Julie’s ashes will join those of her late husband Les by being scattered in Lyme Bay by the RNLI lifeboat volunteers.
She is survived by her mother, brothers David and Michael, and sister June.
The funeral service is at Exeter and Devon Crematorium on Wednesday, September 4, at 11.30am. The public are invited to pay their respects.
Donations in her memory to the Exmouth RNLI via Richard Gegg.