Your article (September 7) about the death of John Docherty will have sparked sadness and fond memories in many readers.

John reported for the Chronicle for nearly 30 years, during which he made many friends here. Among them was me, and he supported my adventure travels in the 1970s and 1980s by publishing updates from Central Asia and South America, which in those pre-internet days I posted to him by letters written in longhand.

A humble man to the end, he never told me about the huge amounts of work he did for charities in London and Eastern Europe.

Thanks John from all who knew you.

John Pilkington,

Culverwell Gardens,


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