Steve Catch­pool She­p­ley-born for­mer Ex­am­iner jour­nal­ist

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

ORMER Ex­am­iner jour­nal­ist Steve Catch­pool, who has died aged 69 fol­low­ing a short ill­ness, laid claim to be­ing the youngest news­pa­per ed­i­tor in the coun­try dur­ing his days work­ing on the Holme Val­ley Ex­press.

He had joined the weekly af­ter serv­ing his in­den­tures as a trainee re­porter at the South York­shire Times in Mexbor­ough and quickly rose to be­come ed­i­tor of the Holm­firth pa­per be­fore join­ing the Ex­am­iner in the mid 1970s.

Steve, who was She­p­ley born and bred, at­tended Holme Val­ley Gram­mar School, now Hon­ley High School, where he de­cided he wanted to be a jour­nal­ist. He was in­flu­enced in his de­ci­sion by fam­ily friend and for­mer Ex­am­iner as­sis­tant ed­i­tor and later deputy ed­i­tor Melvyn Briggs.

From the Holme Val­ley Ex­press Steve joined the Ex­am­iner at Rams­den Street as a re­porter be­fore mov­ing into the sub-ed­i­tor’s depart­ment where he be­came deputy chief sub-ed­i­tor and, in the 1980s, chief sub-ed­i­tor. He also wrote reg­u­lar col­umns as the Ex­am­iner’s TV critic.

Af­ter the Ex­am­iner ac­quired the Holme Val­ley Ex­press and closed the Holm­firth of­fice, Steve re­turned to over­see­ing its pro­duc­tion based at the Ex­am­iner of­fices. When the weekly ti­tles were dis­con­tin­ued Steve worked on the pro­duc­tion of the Ex­am­iner up to his re­tire­ment in 2013.

Steve met his wife Carol at the South York­shire Times where she worked in the ad­ver­tis­ing depart­ment. To­gether, the cou­ple, who mar­ried when Steve was 21, trav­elled ex­ten­sively, vis­it­ing most Euro­pean coun­tries, New Zealand and the Far East.

Steve also had strong con­nec­tions with Ire­land, writ­ing fea­tures for the Ex­am­iner on his reg­u­lar golf­ing hol­i­days to the coun­try where he made many friends.

He was a mem­ber of Holm­firth Round Ta­ble for sev­eral years and served a term as chair­man in the 1980s. He was also in­ter­ested in cars, at one stage own­ing an MG TF 1950s sports car.

Steve, who lived at Birdsedge, has a brother, An­drew, and a sis­ter, Diane.

An­drew, an Ex­am­iner pho­tog­ra­pher who was born 12 years af­ter Steve, said: “Be­cause I was con­sid­er­ably younger than him he treated me a lit­tle bit like a son. He was very sup­port­ive in what­ever I wanted to do and al­ways took an in­ter­est in what I was do­ing. He sup­ported me when I went into jour­nal­ism. He was a proper big brother. We were very proud of him.”

A fu­neral ser­vice will be held at 1.15pm on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 22, at Hud­der­s­field Cre­ma­to­rium fol­lowed by a wake at Wort­ley Hall, Wort­ley, near Peni­s­tone.

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