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

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford News Stories

A woman was thrown into a betting shop window after a car, allegedly driven by an elderly driver, crashed into her this afternoon.

Reporters Matthew Clemenson and Ralph Blackburn joined Time 107.5 FM’s Steve Allen for this week’s East London News Review podcast.

17:00

With the now-lost royal palace, the Roman Road and centuries-old Romford Market part of its past (and present), Havering really does have a rich and varied history.

A shop that has served parents and their children for generations is set to close after 65 years.

A woman who lost her brother in a tragic accident 27 years ago is desperately trying to raise cash to give him a fitting memorial.

07:00

A father and son who deal in antique military memorabilia have unearthed one of only two known flags from the Defence of Hougoumont during the Battle of Waterloo.

Yesterday, 17:11

Members of the community held in high esteem by their peers were given worthy honours at a prestigious award ceremony last week.

Yesterday, 16:08

The sentencing of a fly-tipper from Upminster who admitted dumping 36 tonnes of asbestos-contaminated rubble on a street in Beckton has been delayed.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

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