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Farewell to a club stalwart

THE funeral of a “very friendly and popular” community man took place in Shirley last week.

THE funeral of a “very friendly and popular” community man took place in Shirley last week.

Tributes were paid by friends and family to 71-year-old Roy Gillard, who was a ‘stalwart’ at Solihull Indoor Bowls Club.

Roy, who was also well known for his voluntary work in the borough, died during heart surgery at Heartlands Hospital last Saturday.

A spokesperson at SIBC said that Roy was well liked by whoever met him.

She said: “He was a true gentleman. A very friendly and popular man, to whom nothing was too much trouble.”

Roy, who worked for our sister paper the Birmingham Mail for 20 years from the mid-1970s, was also remembered as a “very dedicated, very trustworthy newspaper man” by former work colleagues.

“I was always very fond of him because he was an old-fashioned newspaper man. He worried about old standards. He was very keen on things such as spelling and grammar,” said former Mail editor Ian Dowell.

“He got a big kick out of working in newspapers and dealing with big stories. He was an outstanding performer, a very nice man and a good friend of mine.”

Roy’s 74-year-old wife Mary, whom he married in 1977, added: “Wherever he has been, Roy has been respected. He was very much a perfectionist, hard-working and kind. He was a man who would have done anything for anyone.”

Roy leaves four children and four grandchildren.

His funeral was held at Robin Hood Crematorium in Shirley.

 

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