Tributes to former editor

Gordon Sampson at his desk in the Evening Courier office on the day of his retirement
Gordon Sampson at his desk in the Evening Courier office on the day of his retirement

The funeral of former Brighouse Echo editor Gordon Sampson will be held on Friday, October 24.

Gordon, 72, of Rastrick, who was a former Rastrick High School student, joined the Brighouse Echo in 1959 and spent nearly half a century working for the Halifax Courier Group.

He dealt with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, various sporting personalities and Royalty. He also covered speedway and rugby league during his time at the Halifax Courier Group.

Gordon retired in September 2007. He was a volunteer at the RSPCA, played bowls for three clubs in Brighouse and enjoyed walking his dog Rosie.

He leaves wife Viv, daughters Karina and Natasha to his first wife, two step daughters Jane and Karen, and five grandchildren Ellie, Erin, Natalie, Jack and Joe.

Natasha said: “He worked in news his whole life and was passionate about it, even when he retired. Through his work he knew so many people in Brighouse.”

Former Echo Editor Stephen Firth worked with Gordon during two lengthy spells at the paper.

“He knew a good story, the kind that was important to the Echo and to the town, but he instinctively knew how to treat that story - with care and affection when dealing with a bereaved family, with tenacity and vigour when confronted with, what we call round here, “a wrong ‘un,” Stephen said.

“He was proud of his craft, proud of his town and he loved sharing its high days and holidays, its setbacks and down days, with his army of loyal readers.”

The funeral will be held at Park Wood Crematorium, Elland, at 9.45am. The family have asked for donations in lieu of flowers to be made to the Acute Stroke Unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital.