Tim Allen, a veteran editor at six Maine newspapers together with the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, died Thursday. He was 70.
Effectively-known for his professionalism and humorousness, Allen helped steer information protection by means of the administrations of six governors, a number of pure disasters and numerous options.
“Tim was a beautiful human, an uncommonly variety man, a very sensible editor and one of the vital considerate folks I’ve ever labored with,” mentioned Steve Greenlee, govt editor of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. “He was our weekend metropolis editor for years, and we by no means needed to fear about something when he was on obligation. When Tim was on the controls, you knew every thing would go easily.”
Allen was born at Mercy Hospital in Portland on Jan. 25, 1952, and grew up in South Portland, the third of six kids.
Certainly one of Allen’s sisters, Mary E. Allen of Surry, Maine, mentioned her brother was a typical youngster rising up within the ’50s and ’60s – he was a pitcher in Little League and devoted Pink Sox fan. She remembers Allen saving his cash to purchase a pair of cowboy boots that he beloved a lot he insisted on sporting them to mattress.
Allen graduated from South Portland Excessive College in 1970 after which went to school in Hawaii and ultimately transferred to the College of Maine, graduating in 1976 summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s diploma in English. He then went to Middlebury School the place he earned a grasp’s diploma in German.
Returning to Maine, Allen started his journalism profession on the American Journal in Westbrook after which labored for the Night Categorical in Portland, the Lewiston Solar Journal, the Morning Sentinel in Waterville and the Bangor Each day Information. Allen joined the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram in 2013, the place he labored on the copy desk and was the weekend metropolis editor.
Allen’s different sister, Nancy A. Vaughn, who lives in Florida, mentioned Allen was notoriously non-public along with his household, a lot in order that the trait turned a operating joke.
“The joke within the household was, ‘Tim, what quantity pencil are you utilizing?’ and he’d say, ‘none of your enterprise,’ ” Vaughn mentioned.
Allen married Linda McRea in 1999. When she died eight years later, his sister Mary E. Allen mentioned, her brother remained shut along with his 4 stepchildren, certainly one of whom predeceased Allen, and 7 step-grandchildren. He additionally continued to look after his mother-in-law, who had moved in with the couple, Allen mentioned.
Co-workers mentioned Allen was revered for his information acumen and well-liked for his calm demeanor and a humorousness that was eager, however by no means imply.
“Tim was a critical, critical journalist, however he was extraordinarily humorous at instances, and he all the time had this cool, calm demeanor about him. He was a gifted editor, and his information judgment was unsurpassed,” Greenlee mentioned. “Greater than that, although, he was an honorable, variety man who we’re all actually going to overlook.”
Steve Ericson, chief of the copy desk, mentioned Allen is “irreplaceable, an excellent worker and a real good friend, and the most effective sources of details about Maine and plenty of different issues that I’ve ever met. Though he usually labored in a pressure-cooker atmosphere, you’d by no means comprehend it to observe him. He would stay calm and unperturbed it doesn’t matter what he was coping with.
“I and everybody else on the desk are going to overlook him terribly,” Ericson mentioned.
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