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Obituary: Douglas Learmond

Douglas Learmond (photo), who has died at the age of 74, spent his entire career with Reuters as a commodities specialist in London.

Raised in Ireland, he joined as a commodities correspondent in 1976 after working for a commodities wire service and as a trading executive for a firm of sugar dealers. He became bureau chief in the London City office in 1984 and later chief commodities correspondent and commodities editor.

John Bartram recalled: “I worked with Doug in London on the desks for a few years and will always remember him with affection. He could seem quiet and unassuming but he was highly professional and fiercely determined to do the very best for Reuters. Personally, he was one of the kindest men around, always thoughtful and helpful and he managed his health issues without a word of complaint. Some people were colleagues, but Doug became a friend to many and will be deeply missed by us all.”

In retirement to the west of England, Learmond took great interest local history and became chairman of a small local museum in Bruton, Somerset.

He died peacefully in Somerset on 16 April after many years of ill health borne with courage and stoicism. He was both frustrated and amused by being described by the medical profession as "a complex case".

The funeral is at 11:30 am on 3 May at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Bruton, Somerset. ■