Touching tribute to former editor Ernest

TRIBUTES have been paid to a former editor who was described as "a newspaper man through and through."

Ernest Butler, of Ruswarp Bank, Whitby, died last month after a short illness. He was 94.

Mr Butler, a father-of-three, used to be the editor of the Goole Times and regularly contributed articles and reviews to the Whitby Gazette during the 1970s and 1980s.

His son Peter Butler, who is now editor of the Goole Times, said: “My father loved the newspaper industry and was a newspaper man through and through.

“He used to love reading the Goole Times and pulling me up on my mistakes.

“I would joke back that I had to put a few in there just for him to spot.”

Ernest Butler joined the editorial staff of the Goole Times as a reporter in 1928.

He was called up into the army a few months after the war broke out in 1939 and after two years as an instructor in the Royal Corps of Signals, he was posted from Northern Ireland to North Africa with 10th Air Formation Signals as a section sergeant.

He later took his section into Italy, where he served until the end of the war in Europe.

After the war, Mr Butler returned to the Goole Times as chief reporter and was later appointed editor.

When the paper became part of the Yorkshire Post weekly series in 1969 he was appointed managing editor, and became a director.

He retired to Whitby in 1977.

During his years of retirement, Mr Butler was involved with many Whitby societies and organisations, including the Literary and Philosophical Society, the Naturalists' Club, where he was secretary and later vice-chairman of Whitby Probus Club and the Whitby group of the University of the Third Age.

For a number of years he contributed to the Yorkshire Post Country and Coast natures notes, edited his local parish magazine, wrote the history of several local villages and was in demand throughout his years of retirement as a speaker and lecturer to local organisations.

Mr Butler was twice married.

His first wife, Doris, died shortly after they moved to Sleights to begin their retirement.

Mr Butler later married Janet Park, of Ruswarp, who was the retired deputy head of Loughborough College School and an honours graduate in English from King's College, London University.

She died in April, 1997.

Mr Butler leaves three sons – Philip, of Gorsgoch in Wales, Paul, of Henley-on-Thames and Peter, present editor of the Goole Times.