Died on 27 November 2012: Michael Robinson OBE, forrmer chairman and managing director of the Wakefield Express group of newspapers, died in hospital after a short illness. He was 93 years old. Mr Robinson, who lived in Sandal for many years before moving to Carleton Lodge at Pontefract, was a keen sportsman, playing for both Sandal Hockey Club and Yorkshire Gentlemen’s Cricket Club. Born in Halifax in 1919, he joined the Territorial Army in 1938 and was called up on the outbreak of war in 1939. He joined the Express when he was demobbed in 1946. His great grandfather launched the Wakefield Express in 1852 and it remained in the family until 1985 when, with other titles in what had become Yorkshire Weekly Newspaper Group, it was sold to its present owners, Johnston Press. Mr Robinson was president of the Newspaper Society in 1968-69, was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire in 1971 and was later awarded the OBE.

Former YWNG editorial director, Richard Taylor, of Sandal, said: “Michael was a good-natured man and I always regarded him as one of life’s gentlemen. He was a fair employer and well known and well respected in the newspaper industry.” The funeral took place at Wonston, Hampshire.

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