It has been announced that Irish Times Joint Picture Editor David Sleator has died suddenly. David Sleator was in his mid-fifties and had worked in the paper since 1998 but had worked as a freelance journalist for three years prior to this.
He was an award winning photographer and before his work in the Irish Times had worked in news and sports photography for 14 years. He also was president for three terms for the Press Association of Ireland (PPAI), as well as vice-president and secretary with the group at different times.
In September 2001 he became Deputy Pictures Editor with the Irish Times and in 2009 was appointed Joint Picture Editor.
David Sleator was known for superb images of the by-roads of Ireland, in Modello or the Phoneix Park which reflected his love of motor racing. He was a rally driver in his younger years and also loved clay-pigeon shooting.
Tributes were paid to him by his colleagues in the Irish Times today.
Fellow Joint Picture Editor, Frank Miller described him as the most reliable, decent, down-to-earth guy you could meet, both as a professional and as a human being.
“He was the sort of man anyone could turn to. A rock of sense,” he said.
Afternoon Editor Kevin O’Sullivan said he was “an outstanding picture editor, a leading news photographer, and a guiding light for the Press Photographers Association of Ireland over many years.”
He offered his sympathies to his wife Judith, his daughter Judith Eileen, his friends and his extended family.