Obituaries

Obituaries

Bill Beaumont, wartime flyer and Speaker’s Secretary

Bill Beaumont, who has died aged 92, was one of the few surviving members from the Second World War of the Caterpillar Club, the informal association of people who have bailed successfully by parachute from a stricken aircraft.

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Roy Dotrice with his grandchildren (from left) Phobe Lumley, 14, Oscar Lumley, 12 and Emily Woodward, 24 after collecting his OBE

Roy Dotrice, actor

Roy Dotrice, who has died at 94, was among the finest character actors of his generation, at home on stage and screen, in light comedy and dark drama, and on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Comedian Sean Hughes, who has died aged 51

Sean Hughes, comedian

The comedian Sean Hughes, who has died at 51, was an important figure in the emergence of stand-up comedy in the first half of the 1990s, a period in which critics began to describe the genre as “the new rock and roll”.

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StClair Morris

StClair Morris

StClair Morris enjoyed a unique position in the education system of his adopted city of Leeds by becoming its first teacher of Caribbean-style music played on the steel pan.

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Neil Pickford

Neil Pickford

Neil Pickford, who has died at 62, was one of Beverley’s best-known characters, not only as publican of both the Monks Walk and the Lord Nelson, but also as the long-serving verger at the town’s Minster.

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Rodney Bickerstaffe

Death of union leader and pensions champion Rodney Bickerstaffe, 72

Rodney Bickerstaffe, the former general secretary of the National Union of Public Employees and its successor, Unison, has died at 72.

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Denis and Marjorie Greenwood, when he received his CBE.

Former Greenwoods chief executive dies aged 92

A Yorkshire businessman who ran one of the country’s leading menswear firms during its peak has died at the age of 92.

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Arthur Gladstone

Arthur Gladstone, agricultural businessman

Arthur Gladstone, who has died at 78, was an East Riding businessman whose seed company counted the Queen’s Sandringham estate among its clients.

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Liz Dawn: From background waitress to TV immortality

FEW would have believed she was destined for television immortality when, as a waitress on The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club, she began to act tipsy on the prop beer.

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Dandy Nichols, Warren Mitchell, Tony Booth, Una Stubbs, Dandy Nichols, and Warren Mitchell on the set of the BBC comedy Till Death Us Do Part.

Death of Tony Booth, the thorn in Alf Garnett’s side

HE was the argumentative son-in-law whose riling of television’s Alf Garnett made the phrase “Scouse git” a national byword for belligerence.

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Tony Booth, who starred in Till Death Us Do Part, who has died, his family said in a statement. PIC: PA

Tony Booth: From troublesome son-in-law to troublesome father-in-law

Tony Booth was an actor who found new fame when his daughter’s husband became prime minister.

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Bill Michie, former Sheffield MP

Bill Michie, who has died aged 81, was for 18 years MP for the Heeley constituency of Sheffield, during which time he was named by his Conservative opponents as Labour’s most Left-wing politician.

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Bobby Knutt as he appeared in ITV's Benidorm

Veteran comic and TV actor Bobby Knutt dies on holiday, age 71

Bobby Knutt, the Sheffield comedian who became a straight actor on such TV shows as Benidorm, Emmerdale and Last of the Summer Wine, has died at 71.

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Veteran broadcaster Mike Neville who has died at the age of 80.

Mike Neville, broadcaster

Mike Neville, who has died at 80, was the most familiar Geordie on television, three decades before Ant and Dec.

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Shelley Berman

Shelley Berman, comedian

THE comedian Shelley Berman, who has died at 92, was a pioneer of a new wave of pre-alternative comedy in the 1950s and early 1960s, and his best-selling LPs were a fixture in many a middle-class British sitting room.

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Poet John Ashbery

John Ashbery, poet

John Ashbery, who has died at 90, was perhaps the greatest US poet of the last half century.

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Walter Becker, of Steely Dan, performs during the 2007 Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans.

Walter Becker, musician

Walter Becker, who has died at 67, was co-founder of the American jazz rock band, Steely Dan.

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Dorothy and Richard North

Richard North, solicitor

Richard North, who has died at 74, was a seaside solicitor of the old school, who was a well-known face in the Yorkshire resorts.

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The Duke of Richmond and Gordon, who died aged 87

Charles Gordon-Lennox, Duke of Richmond

The Duke of Richmond and Gordon, who has died at 87, was a progressive and entrepreneurial churchman, whose expertise extended to such diverse areas as accounting and organic farming.

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Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker has died.

Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker dead at 67

Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker has died at the age of 67.
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