A FORMER long serving employee of the Rotherham Advertiser has died after a long illness.
Kevin Harrison (pictured) lived in Whiston all his life, attending Saville Road Junior School before moving on to Maltby Grammar School.
On leaving school Kevin started at Henry Garnett and Co, the publishers of the Advertiser, in 1974 eventually retiring from the company in May 2015.
His first role with the company was as an apprentice stereotyper when the newspaper was based in its former town centre location on Henry Street.
As the nature of newspaper production changed to embrace different technologies, so did Kevin’s role.
When the company changed from “hot metal” printing to photo-typesetting in the early 1980s, Kevin retrained as a typesetting keyboard operator, before moving on to an Applemac operator as the business moved into the digital age.
Kevin was an avid sports fan and a talented footballer, playing in local football leagues from school through to his late thirties, representing a host of local teams playing both Saturdays and Sundays.
He had an interest in all the local football teams, but particularly Sheffield United where he was a season ticket holder.
He was also a keen fell walker and many of his holidays were spent trail-walking and camping. He completed the Pennine Way and many other long distance trail walks.
Kevin (61) was a hugely respected member of the “Tiser team” for over 40 years, hard working, conscientious and highly regarded by all his friends and colleagues.
His funeral will be held at 11am next Tuesday, September 11, at Whiston Parish Church.