Tributes to journalist and mum who died at 45

Just Regional
Apr 22, 2020 2 mins read

“One of life’s diamonds.” That’s how one former colleague remembered a Norfolk journalist and former Aylsham High School pupil who died from a rare and incurable cancer at the age of 45.

Rachel Buller, who grew up in the area, died at home on Sunday after being diagnosed with the disease at Christmas.

Tributes have poured in on social media for the popular and respected journalist, mum and friend, who had worked for Archant for 20 years, and was well known as deputy editor of the Norfolk Magazine and as an EDP reporter.

Friends, colleagues and those she came into contact with during her years as a reporter shared their memories and thoughts on Twitter including saying she was “a delight to work with” and describing her as “bubbly”, “sharp-witted”, “supportive” and an example for other journalists to follow. All agreed that spending time in her company always left them feeling uplifted.

Rachel Buller, who has died aged 45. The former Aylsham High School pupil had been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer. Picture: Archant

Magazine editor Dominic Castle said that despite the crushing diagnosis, Rachel had remained positive to the end.

“She was determined to make the most of the short time she had left and not be bitter or angry about anything,” he said.

“She was a wonderful person to work with, full of energy, spirit and fun and always making plans for the future. Her warm, gregarious personality meant that she collected many, many friends who will share our sadness.”

Rachel loved Norfolk, particularly Cromer, where she enjoyed spending time with her husband, Matt Dunscombe, and their two boys, Zach, 13, and George, 10. She enjoyed camping, watching her sons play rugby and, as one tribute noted, “was pretty decent at judo”.

As well as Matt and the boys, Rachel leaves her mother Jenny, father Terry and younger brother Simon.

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