Tributes paid to former Sentinel journalist Peter Colbeck
TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Sentinel stalwart who has been described as a 'kind and generous' man.
Former Sentinel reporter and sub-editor Peter Colbeck died last week from pneumonia following a long illness.
The 65-year-old started work at The Sentinel in 1967 as a 20-year-old and remained with the newspaper until his retirement in 2001.
He met his future wife, Joy, at The Sentinel in 1969 and they married two years later.
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Mrs Colbeck, aged 65, of Blythe Bridge, who later worked in the advertising department, said: "I used to work on the reception so I used to see Peter coming in and out when he was a reporter. One of the things that attracted me to him was his great sense of humour. He was always trying to make you laugh.
"He loved his job because it was so diverse and there was such a buzz in the newsroom.
"He was much loved by everyone that knew him and I have been touched by the amount of tributes from Peter's former colleagues."
Son Matthew, aged 35, who lives in Sheffield, said: "My dad had an amazing knowledge of English and grammar and he was passionate about literature and music.
"He was obviously very busy with his job but he always made time for me and would often take me to play tennis or for walks after work. He was a fantastic father."
Current and former colleagues have paid tribute to Peter.
Sentinel health reporter Dave Blackhurst said: "Pete was a very kind and generous man. In an era when sub-editors were often short-tempered and hard-bitten, Pete bucked the trend.
"As a young reporter getting to grips with the hectic life on a busy evening paper, I found Pete always had the time to give me the benefit of his experience. He will be sadly missed."
Sentinel court reporter Dianne Gibbons said: "Peter was a popular member of staff who was always extremely professional and very easy to get along with."
Former colleague Nigel Chell, who now works at JCB, said: "Peter was a true gentleman, a good journalist and a friend."
Another former colleague Peter McQuillan said: "I am deeply saddened by the news of Peter's death. He was a great guy and the best man at my wedding."
Derek Chatting, who worked in The Sentinel's circulation department, said: "Pete was a great bloke. He was funny, witty, knowledgeable and very talented. He worked diligently and hard right to the end."
Phil Butler, who also worked in the circulation team, added: "Pete was a truly wonderful man to know. He had a fantastic, wicked sense of humour and was a dedicated husband and father."
Peter's funeral service will be held at Carmountside Crematorium at 3.30pm on Thursday.
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