Dedicated to the loving memory of Colin Blakely

This site is a tribute to Colin Blakely, who was born in Scotland on January 07, 1960. He is much loved and will always be remembered. As a family, we are at a total loss without our rock, and know that he had such a massive impact on those around him - he was the life of the party, and a dad we were proud to bring to school and a husband we were amazed to keep with us. This is a very emotional time for our family, so please show kindness and patience and pray that he is going to enjoy the next big adventure he will hopefully have. 

If you would like to donate to help the family with funeral costs, we have a JustGiving page set up to give him the send off into the unknown that he deserves -

Please note that any comments of cruel nature or rudeness will be removed, as this is a page solely to remember and celebrate the love and light that dad gave so many people in his short life. 


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I have many happy memories of working with Colin over 24 years when he was, first, assistant editor and then editor. As chairman of Church of England Newspaper, I knew how hard Colin worked and how good he was at his work, often in challenging circumstances. He had his finger on the pulse on what was happening in the Church. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace.
Robert September 10th, 2020
Remembering Colin with much affection and thankfulness for his encouragement and faith when I started out at the CEN and over the years we worked together. As others have said, he was a true professional. Never forgotten.
Emma September 10th, 2020
I've been reflecting on things that I remember Colin, my very first editor as a newbie journalist in the late '90s, for, and here are some stand outs: - Making me type ridiculously fast, by hovering over my shoulder at deadline! I still bash things out at speed, in a way that always slightly freaks out colleagues who haven't had to work to deadline. - Sending me to a press conference announcing a new flying Bishop at Lambeth Palace with a (non digital) disposable camera, and asking me to come back with a printable photo. I failed miserably, being so mortified by having to ask the PA photographers with their proper lenses to excuse me as I crept up close to get a photo, that I put my finger over the lens when I pressed the button. - Graciously sending me down to Devon overnight to get a decent interview with a Christian surfer, a great reward for covering my first Lambeth Conference, since it involved being in the sea for work! - And, this summer, taking the time to reply to an email I sent letting him know I had launched a freelance career, and wishing me all the best. Colin, you will be much missed.
Claire September 10th, 2020
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