This undated photo shows Guy Friddell, in Norfolk, Va. Former newspaper columnist Guy Friddell of Norfolk has died. He was 92. The Virginian-Pilot, which published thousands of columns by Friddell during his 60-year newspaper career, reported that he died in his sleep Friday, July 19, 2013. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot) MAGS OUT
Updated: August 23, 2013 6:34AM
NORFOLK, Va. — Former newspaper columnist Guy Friddell of Norfolk has died. He was 92.
The Virginian-Pilot, which published thousands of columns by Mr. Friddell during his 60-year newspaper career, reported that he died in his sleep Friday. Mr. Friddell’s death was confirmed by the H.D. Oliver Funeral Home.
Mr. Friddell earned a wide and devoted following as he wrote about politics, the pleasures of family, the wonders of nature, the genius of the Founding Fathers and his own misadventures for Norfolk and Richmond newspapers. The Virginia Press Association’s top writing award is named in Mr. Friddell’s honor.
He also was a popular speaker, the author of eight books and a mentor to generations of journalists.
“Guy Friddell was a folk hero around these parts,” said Richard F. Barry III, former vice chairman of Landmark Media Enterpises LLC, which owns The Virginian-Pilot.
Marjorie Mayfield Jackson, a friend of Mr. Friddell’s for more than 20 years, said he set an example on how to live “full-out in generosity, in courage, in taking full delight in the good things about life.”
“He is, by nature, very gentle, but when something was important to him, he was ferocious, and very, very stubborn,” said the oldest of his three sons, Guy R. “Rusty” Friddell III. “He would not compromise. He wouldn’t let go. He’d just bash into it until he got it to yield.”
“He could be selfless to the point of irritation — never particularly concerned about his own comfort or convenience,” he said.