A MEMORIAL service will be held next week in honour of journalist Bob Horn who died earlier this month.
Former Sunderland Echo stalwart Mr Horn, 69, is believed to have fallen overboard from a cruise ship which he had been on with his brother, David.
The liner had visited Montevideo, in Uruguay, and was returning to the UK.
Friends and former colleagues spoke of their shock and sadness at hearing of Mr Horn’s death.
Mr Horn’s nephew, Robert, said today he and his family are still looking for answers surrounding the tragedy.
“We still don’t know a lot of details,” said Robert.
“My dad isn’t back yet from the cruise either.
“We have heard nothing from the Maritime Community, the Shipping Community or the Home Office yet and there is a lot to sort out.”
Retired Mr Horn lived in Grindon, where he was raised, although he spent much of his time in Roker.
A keen writer, following a six-month spell in Germany in his youth he returned to Wearside to work in a bank before landing his dream job as a junior reporter at the Echo.
When the paper relocated from its city centre base to Pennywell Industrial Estate, he became the paper’s district correspondent for Houghton, gaining much respect for the way in which he dilligently covered the town.
Former Bede Grammar School boy Mr Horn’s interests included quizzes and shipping, while he was also elected to the prestigious position of treasurer of the Sunderland branch of the National Union of Journalists.
His memorial service will take place at St Peter’s Church, in Monkwearmouth, at 3pm on Saturday, February 22.
Those attending the church are invited to the Navy Club, in Roker, after the service.