Edmund Trimmer's grieving widow last night paid tribute to her late husband as a "wonderful dad, a loving and caring husband and a much loved grandad".
Cathy Trimmer said: " He gave so much to us, gave so much time. I mean to meet someone late in life, which we did, I just can't believe it happened. I was so lucky. I just felt so lucky".
The widow described her husband's last words to her before he set off on what should have been another routine trip to the shops last August.
"He was going out to do the shopping, which he loved to do.
"We stood on the doorstep. We always laughed and joked about things. I said to him 'Have you got your cap in case it rains? Have you got the bags, as you do?'
"And we were laughing and he said 'Give me a kiss'. And I did, and he said 'Give us another one'. And I did. And that was it, he was gone."
Mrs Trimmer said she felt angered when she came face-to-face with her husband's killer during the trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
She said: "I feel angry that he just walked away and left Ted.
" I feel angry, he appeared in court with two sticks when he didn't need those on the day when it happened."
Mrs Trimmer paid homage to her husband's distinguished career in journalism and how he never drew attention to the fact he was the brother of Hollywood star Deborah Kerr.
She said: "He was a brilliant journalist. He had time for everybody. He covered the Aberfan disaster. He interviewed Harold Wilson, he interviewed all sorts of well known people.
"People who have met him outside the business, who thought that because he was Deborah's brother he would be a bit stiff and a bit snobby, but that's not Ted.
"He was a very private man, not so many people knew Deborah was his sister. He was so proud of her."
When he was interviewed by police, Warwood initially denied being involved in the attack but later confessed to the killing.
Mrs Trimmer said only time would tell if she could find it in her heart to forgive his killer.
She said: " I don't know, I suppose as time goes on forgiveness comes into it. I don't know, I can't answer that at the moment.
"We just need the closure, we all need the closure so that we can remember as he was - a wonderful dad, a loving and caring husband and a much loved grandad."