Goodbye to man with ‘twinkle in his eyes’

John Whitworth, former account manager at Halifax Courier, who died aged 62.

John Whitworth, former account manager at Halifax Courier, who died aged 62.

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Family, friends and colleagues have paid tribute to a long-serving member of staff at the Courier, senior media sales consultant John Whitworth.

John, 62, was a much loved member of the newspaper’s team who had worked at the firm for 24 years.

Fondly remembered for the twinkle in his eye and a great sense of humour, John, from Milton Road, Sowerby Bridge, leaves two children – Simon, 35, and Claire, 36 – and three grandchildren – Ewan, Joseph and Elliot.

“He loved a good pub, he loved cooking, going on trips and was a keen artist,” said Simon.

“His local pub was the White Horse, Burnley Road, and he was a member of Hillcrest Bowling Club, Sowerby Bridge.”

He attended Haugh Shaw Primary School and the former Sowerby Bridge Grammar School.

“He always said there was a second family for him at the Courier,” said Claire.

Karen Parkin, speaking on behalf of John’s colleagues at the Courier, said: “John was truly respected and loved by all who came in to contact with him. He had a heart of gold and a larger than life personality.

“John will be sadly missed by all his friends and clients who have many great memories.”

His funeral will be held at St Paul’s Methodist Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge, on Tuesday March 26, at 11am.

The service will be followed by a celebration of his life at Hill Crest Bowling Club, Langton Street, Sowerby Bridge.