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.