Westergaard received Colorado SPJ’s Keeper of the Flame Award in 2018 for his lifetime contributions to journalism in the state. The Colorado Press Association named him Newspaper Person of the Year in Spring 2019. He also was a member of the Denver Press Club’s Hall of Fame. He was 67.
Neil Westergaard, an award-winning Colorado journalist who served as executive editor of The Denver Post and editor of the Denver Business Journal, died July 7, 2019.
“It’s tragic that Neil is gone so soon, because he still had so much to contribute,” said Sandra Fish, former Colorado SPJ President. “We’re keeping his family in our hearts as we mourn his death.”
Most recently, Westergaard wrote columns for Colorado Politics.
He died after suffering from heart and kidney issues, according to a family statement. He is survived by Cindy, his wife of many years; a son (Ben) and daughter (Rachel). His family held a private funeral. A celebration of life, to which his friends and associates are invited, is scheduled for Sept. 26, 5-8 p.m., at the historic Denver Press Club.