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Steve Matthews: a maritime gentleman

Thu 18 Apr 2019 by Edwin Lampert

Steve Matthews: a maritime gentleman

Riviera Maritime Media is sorry to report the passing of its former editorial director, Steve Matthews. 

Steve was a widely respected maritime industry figure with over 45 years’ experience both on land and at sea.

He spent the last 5 years of his career at Riviera where he oversaw the launch of new content channels, including new magazine titles, the introduction of web-first publishing and the delivery of premium content via e-newsletters. Steve was also integral to Riviera’s international maritime and offshore conference programme.

Steve’s maritime career started with a life at sea, serving onboard tankers, and rising to the rank of Captain. He returned to shore and worked in the Felixstowe offices of OOCL before embarking upon what would be a distinguished career in maritime journalism. Along the way he obtained a degree in maritime economics from Cardiff University, held editorships of Lloyd’s Ship Manager and Lloyd’s Shipping Economist and that of economics and finance editor on Lloyd’s List.

Steve combined his various editorial roles with that of a sitting magistrate, specialising in family matters. He was on the board of trustees of the Magistrates Association and was frequently quoted in the national press on family themes.

We remember Steve as a highly respected editor and valued colleague and friend. His legal experience informed the fair and balanced approach he applied to his journalism but also to his co-workers and team. He was a man who could always be relied upon to offer a calm and measured opinion, a kind word and a sympathetic ear.

Steve will be sorely missed and our thoughts go out to his family and friends. 

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in support of two charities that meant a great deal to Steve via the following link: https://www.justgiving.com/remember/683469/Steve-Matthews

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