Search

Standing room only at funeral for former Romford Recorder editor Roy Mills

PUBLISHED: 18:00 13 June 2014 | UPDATED: 08:49 16 June 2014

Roy with WHO. Picture: Jon Mills

Roy with WHO. Picture: Jon Mills

Archant

It was standing room only at the funeral today for former Romford Recorder editor Roy Mills.

The congregation entered the chapel at Southend Crematorium to the song Make Me a Channel of Your Peace and left to Monty Python’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

Roy, who died earlier this month aged 80, was editor for 31 years after moving to the paper via Fleet Street and Coal News.

His son Jonathan paid tribute to his dad in a homily at the service to celebrate his life, which was attended by former colleagues, friends and family.

Jonathan spoke of his dad having three passions in his life – his family, The Recorder and sport and described an incident where he met two former colleagues of Roy in London.

He revealed one spoke highly of the meticulous, passionate journalist, describing him as a legend while the other didn’t have a good word to say. Jonathan said whenever his dad quoted the former’s compliment he reminded him of the latter.

Jonathan told the gathered congregation: “Dad I was wrong – you are a legend.”

Roy’s granddaughter Ellie then read a poem for her grandad.

Donations in memory of Roy for Southend Hospital NHS Trust should be sent to S Stibbards and Sons Ltd., 7 Spa Road, Hockley, Essex. SS5 4AZ.

Read more:

Former Romford Recorder editor dies

Latest Romford News Stories

Havering’s councillors look set to brand Sadiq Khan’s increased housing targets for the borough “unacceptable, unachieveable and unsustainable” at a meeting later this month.

09:08

Medical failings stretching back more than two decades cost the NHS trust running Queen’s Hospital millions of pounds a year.

08:13

An outspoken teenager from Romford is looking for two young people from the borough with mental health issues to take part in some mentoring sessions.

Yesterday, 17:00

A small Romford charity is celebrating their 20th anniversary with a special ball.

Yesterday, 16:30

Rail staff have shown their support for Havering Samaritans’ bid to turn “Blue Monday” into “Brew Monday”, by encouraging people to get together for a cup of tea and a chat.

Yesterday, 15:00

Havering Council cabinet members are set to discuss a proposed £30million grant from the GLA to pay for more affordable housing in the borough over the next three years.

Yesterday, 12:30

A dinner lady is delighted to have been crowned the winner of a regional cooking competition with her healthy meals.

Yesterday, 09:58

Construction giant Carillion has said it has “no choice but to take steps to enter into compulsory liquidation with immediate effect” after talks failed to find another way to deal with the company’s debts.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Window and conservatory specialist Ken Rhodes talks about the possibilities for brightening up your home for the new year, and with their home improvement finance deals it’s possible for everyone to make some changes

Lisa and Jennie are cousins who grew up in the borough. Their grandmother, ‘Nanny Fish’ was a huge part of their lives, and while she had dementia and increasing needs, she really benefited from having care in her nephew’s loving home. This experience was the inspiration for Lisa and Jennie to set-up their own home care service.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now