Frédéric Antzorn was never one to beat around the bush, so let’s say that the Maison Moderne team was sincerely moved upon learning of his death on Wednesday 28 July.
He has left a feeling of loss in us all: the editorial staff of Paperjam, the Brand Studio team, his other Maison Moderne colleagues with whom he always shared a chat during a smoke break or when meeting in a corridor, and not forgetting the journalists at the other newsrooms around Luxembourg where he had worked and with whom he always maintained friendly relations.
Fred was 53 years old. After growing up in Gaume (Belgium), he started his journalist career in Luxembourg. He began at Le Républicain Lorrain, the "Répu” as he used to call it, then had a stint at the Luxemburger Wort, and finally joined Paperjam in 2013. He was the kind of person who never gave up, which led to some epic scenes and heated telephone interviews during which we never minced his words. Funny moments, but real lessons in journalism.
Fred was always keen to get the right information, but also had a love of language. Sparkling and mischievous, he there was a lightness to his caustic humour, and we eagerly awaited his Facebook posts in which he often managed to express vitriolic indignation succinctly and beautifully.
In 2019 Fred moved to Maison Moderne's Brand Studio, where he found a new balance, away from the stress of journalism. He said he was "in good shape", enjoyed his work and was looking forward to the post-Covid period to rediscover the social life he had missed so much.
This is too short a summation of a good man who will be greatly missed.
The editorial staff of Paperjam and the entire team of Maison Moderne offer their condolences to Fred’s son Félix, about whom he always spoke with joy and pride, and to his family and friends.