Tributes to ‘Mr Courier’

Roy Coble
Roy Coble

Tributes have been paid to a man who spent all his working life at the Courier after he died earlier this month.

Roy Coble, 85, joined the Courier in 1943 as an apprentice compositor, later becoming the firm’s production study officer.

He was also the newspaper’s training officer for more than 25 years and became affectionately known as “Mr Courier” - the man staff could turn to for a friendly ear and advice.

Mr Coble’s wife, Jean, said that her husband loved his work life.

A former pupil of Parkinson Lane Junior and Infant School, Halifax Modern School and Halifax School of Art, Mr Coble worked for the Courier for 45 years apart from a two-year break during his National Service from 1947 to 1949.

His career at the newspaper was a varied one.

In 1971, he was responsible for the paper’s “decimilisation bureau”, designed to inform the public about the currency change-over.

Outside of work, Mr Coble was heavily involved in his local community.

He became involved in amateur dramatics and made his producing debut at Pye Nest Methodist Church.

He was also the former secretary of the Courier social club, a lifelong supporter of Halifax Rugby League Club, a past member of the former Providence and St Andrew’s Methodist Churches in Queen’s Road, Halifax, a former trustee and Sunday school teacher of West End Methodist Church, Halifax, a member of Calder-Savile Probus Club and president of Halifax Cine and Video club.

Mr Coble retired in 1988 and during his retirement volunteered with the Halifax Citizen’s Advice Bureau as a counsellor and trainer.

He also spent time with his family and leaves behind his wife Jean, daughter Allyson, grandsons Jamie and Jonathan and great-grandchildren Joshua, Josie and Nell.

“He was a loving husband and father,” Mrs Coble said.

“The whole family loved him, he could turn any situation around, no matter how serious. He’d always make you feel better.

“He had a very full life.”

A celebration of Roy’s life will be held at Park Wood Crematorium on Thursday February 5 at 11.15am.

Mr Coble’s relatives have asked for family flowers only, but donations may be made to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity.