News man will be greatly missed

Stan Archer news editor of Wakefield Express
Stan Archer news editor of Wakefield Express

THE former chief reporter of the Wakefield Express, who was a journalist for almost half a century, has died.

Great-grandfather Stan Archer dedicated his life to journalism with a career spanning 49 years, which saw him stand as chairman and secretary for his trade union the National Union of Journalists.

He died last week at the age of 84 after a battle with cancer.

Mr Archer was born in 1927 in Ravensthorpe, where he lived all his life.

He launched his long reporting career at the Batley News before spending 37 years working for the Express.

A keen gardener, Mr Archer wrote a weekly gardening column for the paper alongside his court and council reporting and editing duties.

He retired from the paper in 1991.

He leaves behind son Kenneth and daughter Elizabeth, as well as two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Kenneth Archer said: “He was a brilliant dad, grandad and great-grandad.

“He spent a lot of time with the children and helped out a lot with picking them up from school.

“He will be greatly missed.”

The funeral will be held at St Saviour’s Church in Raventhorpe at 2pm on Friday, December 9.