Tributes to former Hartlepool Mail worker who served us for 40 years

Colin showing a group of sailors how to work an old Linotype setting machine at the Mail believed to be in the early 1980's
Colin showing a group of sailors how to work an old Linotype setting machine at the Mail believed to be in the early 1980's

Tributes have been paid to a former Mail employee who dedicated 40 years to his town newspaper.

Colin Campbell passed away aged 73 on Monday in the University Hospital of North Tees, Stockton, after a long illness.

He joined the paper as an errand boy at 15 in the 1950s and worked his way up through the ranks to become production manager.

It was an important job, meaning Colin was in overall charge of the production side of the paper when it produced numerous editions every day.

Paying tribute to his father, Colin’s son Ian Campbell said: “His position at the Mail was production manager and he was a very well-respected member of the team.

“He recently attended his old boss Ron Paterson’s 80th birthday celebrations and a lot of the remaining old-school Mail employees had a good reminisce of the old days.

“Dad was always keen to show visitors around the Mail before health and safety and he was a really friendly character and a loyal employee for a lot of years.”

Colin left the Mail after a successful career in 1997.

Afterwards he dedicated his time to caring for his first wife Florence, who sadly died the same year.

Colin, who lived in the Rossmere area of town, later remarried and leaves behind sons Ian, 47, and Stephen, 44, and wife Joan.

He doted on his four grandsons Adam, 16, Tom, 11, Joshua, 18, and Jacob, five, and enjoyed caravanning, attending airshows and was a familiar face in The Warrior pub.

Colin’s funeral is on Thursday, October 1, at 11am at Stranton Crematorium.