Humanist funeral for ‘bubbly’ journalist Jean Pitts

A FORMER women’s features editor of the Herald, Jean Pitts, has died suddenly at her home in Hove, aged 89.

Jean, whose bubbly personality was expressed fully in her “Jean’s Jottings” column, joined Beckett Newspapers at the end of 1968. She continued writing for the Herald for about 20 years, including an expansion of her work into additional feature assignments.

After her retirement, Jean became one of the founders of Brighton’s University of the Third Age, where she edited the newsletter.

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Jean entered journalism during the Second World War, then “did her bit” as an Army press officer, later working in General Sir Brian Horrocks’s office when he was GOC, Western Command.

A Humanist funeral ceremony for Jean was held at the Downs Crematorium, Brighton, on August 31, when a eulogy was given by her son, Warren, plus a reading by her daughter-in-law, Helen, and a tribute by Jock Dunston. Jean also leaves two grandsons, Emil and Oliver.