JOURNALISM: TRIBUTE TO RUSTY STEELE WHOSE KNOWLEDGE OF THE GAME WAS ENCYCLOPAEDIC

By Ian Bruce

Today, Thursday, the tributes to Rusty Steele were still flowing in.
Anna Smith, crime writer and former chief reporter of the Daily Record, wrote: “So very sad to learn Rusty has died. Such a fine newspaper man and a lovely person who I admired so much when he worked at the Daily Record. Lovely words Ian Bruce . Thoughts are with Rusty’s family.”
Wendy Pelosi said: “How sad, lovely memories of Rusty, a true gentleman. My sincere condolences and love to Adele Steele and the rest of his family.”
Jill Ledgerwood wrote: “Just the loveliest man, always with a twinkle in his eye – whether of kindness or love or mischief or more likely a combination of all three.”
Golf writer Alistair Nicol said: “Great sub, great company. Another of the finest journos I know gone too soon.” 
Veteran Gerry Burke said: “Decades of happiest memories of one of the best from earliest days.”
Kara Robertson wrote: “There aren’t really any words, a really wonderful man. His bark was way worse than his bite. I said to Adele the other day I never found him grumpy, always one of my faves. It’s a sad week with the news of Rusty and Ally McLaws, both great men.”
David Steele said: “Another piece of sad news, thank goodness the sun is shining. A great colleague and companion. “
Mike Ritchie added: “A great colleague and the loveliest of guys. Saddened to hear this.”
And Stuart McKinlay wrote: “Sometimes it is hard to define that certain quality we admire, and often envy: He was variously relaxed, incisive, inclusive, and affable in or out of the office; yet always a sleeves-rolled-up professional perfectionist. Those of us who didn’t work immediately with him could still benefit from his example even at a distance: put simply, a proper newspaperman.”
Former Herald diarist Ken Smith summed him up: “Rusty would go out of his way in the Press Bar to give you a word of praise if he approved of a story you had written. Even his concise condemnation of the various managements we had to contend with was delivered more in sorrow than in bitterness as he was simply too humane an individual to ever outrightly condemn anyone in a vicious manner. Such a decent human being.”

One comment

  1. Ian,
    Very lovely words about an exceptionally lovely man. He went out of his way to help me when I started out in Albion Street, in an era when new technology was a Bic pen. I owed him so much.
    By any chance to you have any funeral details?
    Cheers,
    Jim Cassidy

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