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The Naughton legacy: Excellence with a prank and a smile

When Jim Naughton’s family alerted his Facebook friends to his weakening condition Friday afternoon, his page lit up with tributes from friends near and far. Among them was this post from Gene Foreman, the retired managing editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer:

“Jim, it was an honor and a privilege to practice journalism with you at the Inky of the seventies, eighties and nineties. Above all, you never let us forget that we should take our work seriously but not ourselves.”

Jim Naughton died peacefully at home Saturday, embraced by family and cheered by friends. After prevailing for more than 15 years against a prostate cancer that doctors told him might kill him a decade ago, Jim died two days shy of his 74th birthday.

Throughout, he engaged his illness with the humor that laced his life at home and at work. At one point last year, friends and colleagues clicked open an email to find a photo of Jim about to climb onto a table for radiation treatment, dressed as a Sumo wrestler. Read more

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