Remembering long-serving Standard man

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Tribute has been paid to a ‘dedicated’ and ‘conscientious’ former Standard employee of almost 50 years following his death.

George Wilkinson, of Boston, died recently following a short illness, aged 100.

George joined the Lincolnshire Standard in June 1930, aged 15, as an apprentice compositor in the printing production department and, apart from six years during the Second World War, worked for the company until April 1980.

Following this, he worked part-time for the Standard as a copyreader.

This week, his daughters, Ann, Jennifer, and Christine, described him as ‘dedicated’ and ‘conscientious’ towards his work.

This spirit is well illustrated in a memory shared by a former colleague of George’s, David Peatling, 76, of Boston.

George Wilkinson, pictured in 2012 for The Standard's centenary.

George Wilkinson, pictured in 2012 for The Standard's centenary.

David said: “I remember that on newspaper print days he worked in the press room packing papers, sometimes not finishing till very late at night; on some occasions, it is claimed that if it was well after midnight when he finished, because of press breakdowns, he would sleep on the reels of paper so he was ready for work the next morning.”

George is also survived by eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

His daughters added: “We are very proud of dad and he will always be special to us.”