Expat journalist Joan Davies passes away in Spain

Published:  13 Jul at 3 PM
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British expat journalist Joan Davies who had lived in Spain for around 50 years has died at the age of 85.

Davies, who along with her husband, Gerry, was the co-founder of the Malaga-based English language newspaper Sur, passed away on Tuesday at her home in the Costa de Sol town of Benalmadena.

The highly-respected journalist was born in England but raised in Wales before she relocated to Spain during the mid-1960s. She and Gerry worked for the Daily Mail when they first moved to the Iberian country before moving to the Costa del Sol to run a restaurant and bar.

In 1984 the couple approached the Diario Sur with the idea of launching an English version of the publication.

The Davies’s time in the region had enabled them to develop a strong connection with its people and a deep knowledge of the places, which enabled them to fill their paper with local news, as well as national and international stories.

Joan continued to contribute for the paper until the mid-2000s following Gerry’s death in 1995. In 2013, she published her memoir, Memories, Musings and More.
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