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Roy White

Posted: February 9th, 2022

WE are sad and sorry to announce that ROY WHITE, an AMP founder member and for many years its treasurer, has died, aged 87. Roy was waiting for a hip replacement but complications arose and he was not able to have his operation. He died at home on February 5 [2022]. Thoughts are with his wife June and the wider famly.

ROY WHITE, in his own words: “I started in 1956 at Hulton Press as a clerk. When Odhams took the company over in 1959 Hultons changed its name to Longacre Press. I was taken by Mr Fred Bartrum (who was from Odhams) to be his assistant. It was Mr Bartrum who got me to study for my accountants’ exams – I qualified in 1970. Mr Bartrum moved to Odhams Printing in 1960 and left me in charge of the management accounts.

“In 1966 I was asked by Mr LK Guest to join him at IPC. When IPC was broken up in 1972 I joined Mirror Group Newspapers as Assistant Management Accountant under Ken Wright. In 1974, I was made Financial Accountant reporting to Alan Thompson. When Maxwell arrived in 1984 I had just been promoted to treasurer of Mirror Group Newspapers. I met Maxwell on his first day and told him, and he said: ‘I like you, you look honest.’ I stayed as MGN treasurer for the next four years when I chose redundancy.”

AMP secretary Gerald Mowbray: “Roy was a very active and dedicated AMP Treasurer for some 18 of his 20 years on the AMP Committee. We celebrated his AMP retirement in February, 2019 with a luncheon for Roy and his wife June, at the Bleeding Heart Restaurant,  Holborn, London  – well-known to both Mirror folk and AMP members over the years. Roy had led a very active life up to until very recently, so all the more unexpected his death – even at the good age of 87 years.”

Caro Cluskey (editor, Mirror Pensioner and AMP website): “Roy White was a fantastic servant to the AMP from its earliest days. He was conscientious in his duties and cared very much about the members. He was a great help to me over the years, and a good mate. If I had to choose one adjective for him it would be: genuine. He had a twinkle in his eye, and a ready smile. His asides at committee meetings were unique. We will all miss him very much.”

John Hemple, former deputy finance director of Mirror Group Newspapers, and honorary member of the AMP Committee: “I had the honour and privilege to work with Roy White when we were part of the Mirror’s Finance Executive Management Group in the mid 1970’s.

We established a lasting friendship to the present day. With [the late] Richard Polyblank and accompanied by our wives, we enjoyed many pub lunches where Roy could partake of his favourite Ale tipple. An event ended prematurely by the pandemic.

Roy served on the AMP committee, taking over the treasurer’s role from Eric Newson. Roy oversaw AMP funds increase to hundreds of thousands of pounds. It was an immense responsibility and volume of work which Roy readily accepted as a challenge.

Roy was a good friend – honest, amusing and good to be with. He will be deeply missed by many.

David Thompson, AMP life president: “We all owe a great deal to Roy White. He was a founding member, great stalwart and excellent treasurer who worked extremely hard for AMP and our members. His death is all the more sad because it was unexpected.”

Tom Brown, AMP vice-life president: “I knew Roy through our AMP connections, and we mainly co-operated on welcoming new members. I quickly came to realise his gift for instant friendship, attention to detail and, above all, his desire to help others.”



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