Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)


Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)


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Last year the North East lost a host of fine and well-respected figures. Here we take a look and remember those who died in 2006


Alistair Wilson: The former brewery chief, credited with bringing Kevin Keegan to Newcastle United, died on January 5. He made the fabled phone call to Keegan's Spanish villa in 1992 and asked him to come out of retirement and take up the St James's Park hotseat.

Dennis Coulson: The chart-topping North East singer died on January 15 in London's St Thomas' hospital. The 60-year-old had two top-10 singles in the 70s as part of band McGuinness Flint. He grew up in Benwell, Newcastle. The band's best-known song, When I'm Dead and Gone, went on to be the backing music for hit film East is East in 1999.

Monsignor Kevin Nichols: One of the North East's highest-ranking Catholic priests passed away on January 15. The Wallsend-born 76-year-old was a priest of the diocese of Hexham and Newcastle for more than 50 years.

James Chadwin QC: A top barrister from Tynemouth who defended the Yorkshire Ripper, Mr Chadwin died on January 16 after a long illness at the age of 75.


Harry Mincoff: One of Tyneside's best known criminal lawyers died on February 25, aged 88. For more than 50 years, he rubbed shoulders with notorious North East villains, earning himself the reputation as "the Poor Man's Lawyer".

Charlie Wayman: The former Newcastle United No 9 died at the age of 84 on February 26. The centre forward joined the Magpies in September 1941 from Spennymoor United and went on to score 71 goals in 124 appearances.


Ian McNeill: The pioneering heart surgeon from Gosforth died at the age of 79 on March 8 after losing his battle with lung cancer. He became the first consultant at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary to perform lifesaving operations on aortic bleeding and to restore a severed arm to a patient during the 1960s.

Jimmy Murray: The gifted sportsman died in hospital on March 13 after a long illness. The 69-year-old, from Greenside, Gateshead, played football, cricket and rugby, becoming a popular and respected figure in the sports world.

Spike Rawlings: The top North East comedian died on March 14 aged 61 after being seriously ill for several months. For years Wallsend-born Spike, real name John Anderson Rawlinson, entertained at social clubs and functions across the region.

Don Ross: The deputy leader of Durham County Council died on March 20, aged 71.


Evelyn Black: The popular village councillor, a ward representative for Hartley and former mayor of Blyth Valley Council, died on April 24, aged 74.

Archie Howat: The former headteacher and respected figure in education, 58, died less than a year after his retirement on holiday in Italy.


Tom Bryson: The former Mayor of North Tyneside died aged 86 of asbestosis. …

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