Tributes to devoted ex-Sun journalist James Mills who died suddenly aged 48 – The Sun
FORMER Sun reporter James Mills has died suddenly aged 48.
Tributes have been paid to James, known as "Millsy", who worked for The Sun for seven years, as well as other national newspapers during his career.
His father Arthur Mills, a former journalist, said on behalf of his family: "James’ parents, brother and sister are devastated. James was an amazing person, a loving son and brother as well as a devoted father.
"He was so witty, smart and humble. He was so easy going and a pleasure to be around.
"We were lucky to have him in our lives for the time we did and he will be missed forever."
James, who grew up in Stafford, graduated from Greenwich University and joined the National Council for Training of Journalists' training scheme at his local Midlands newspaper in 1997.
He then worked together with his father Arthur on the Shropshire Star until 2000, before moving to London to work news shifts for The Sun and the Daily Mail. He joined the Daily Mail as a staff news reporter for seven years.
In 2007 he left to set up Brighton News and Features agency with partner Sally Windsor, principally to be present as a hands-on dad for his daughter Ruby, now 12 years old.
Sally said: "An utterly dedicated father, Ruby was his world.
"Whether helping with Maths homework, playing basketball or giving her advice – he was right beside her every step of the way and she adored him equally.
"They were father and daughter, but best friends too. They were always mucking about and being silly together and he is desperately missed by her."
James later worked as a press officer for the charity Shelter before returning to mainstream journalism with The Sun in 2013.
In June last year, James took six months out to promote his unique art work, under the Instagram name Jimmy Doodle (@JimmyD00dle).
He returned in December to an office-based role with Daily Mail Online
James died on March 2 from heart failure.
The Sun's Chief Foreign Correspondent Nick Parker said: "Friends at The Sun will remember James as a modest, very unassuming, yet brilliantly funny man whose professionalism always shone through.”
Senior reporter Stephen Moyes added: "James was loved, adored and most of all respected by his peers for being a brilliant journalist."
Daily Mail reporter Andy Dolan said: "Unflappable is a word which springs to mind when I think of James. He never lost his cool no matter what pressure he may have been under from his news desk. He was one of the good guys."
James’ funeral is due to be held on Friday, April 3, in his home town Stafford.
This will be followed by a memorial later in the year for his friends in order to celebrate life.
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