Obituary: Former Courier Production Manager Malcolm Robertshaw

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A man who spent his working life at the helm of local newspapers has died aged 74.

Former Courier production manager Malcolm Robertshaw, died at his home on Wednesday, July 30.

Born in Halifax, Malcolm attended Parkinson Lane School and Heath Boys’ Grammar School.

He was also a member of the choir at St Paul’s Church in King Cross and in 1953 was selected at the age of 13 to spend two weeks at St Paul’s Cathedral when their regular choir was visiting America.

Following his O-levels, Malcolm left school aged 16 and embarked on a five year apprenticeship at the Courier, before taking on a supervisory role in 1965.

He was assistant to the managing director for two years and became the paper’s production manager in 1969.

During his time as production manager, Malcolm visited the U.S. to source new printing presses and oversaw their installation in the early 1980s, before making the jump to the newsroom in 1984 when he moved to the Huddersfield Examiner.

In 1988 Malcolm became a news sub-editor and in the late 80s held four positions in the newsroom, including weekly news editor, TV editor, property editor and motoring editor.

Malcolm retired at the age of 65, but continued to work as a motoring correspondent for the Examiner until November of last year.

He is survived by his wife Anita, his children Sharon and Tony, step-children Philip, Tina and Sarah and 13 grandchildren.

His funeral service will be held at St Paul’s Church, King Cross, on August 18.