Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Sad Passing of Our Bonny Lad; QUIZMASTER AND HOSPICE STALWART DIES AGED 82

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Sad Passing of Our Bonny Lad; QUIZMASTER AND HOSPICE STALWART DIES AGED 82

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Byline: DAVE ROBSON dave.robson@reachplc.com @Daverobson_gaz

HE was the former railway signalman and ICI worker who became The Gazette's quizmaster.

But the sad death from cancer of Don Robson, aged 82, won't mean the end of the quizzes he loved to compile for Gazette readers.

For daughter Alison, who helped Don during recent months as his health started to fail, aims to keep them coming - just as her dad would have wanted. Born in Northumberland in 1936, much of Don's career was as a railway signalman across the North-east.

When he was transferred to Stockton's Bishopton Lane box, he met Marjorie, a clerk at Stockton railway station, and the couple married in 1966.

When Marjorie died in 1994, Don started helping out at local hospices. And when the Teesside Hospice began its lottery, Don, of Fairfield, was one of its founders and mainstays.

Come rain or shine, he'd travel across the area, getting people to sign up.

But he was more than just a canvasser and fundraiser - he became a friend to many, and always went the extra mile to help people out.

In the early 2000s, he started fundraising quizzes at the old Pathfinders in Maltby.

Before long, he was also doing them at the nearby Stainton Inn in Stainton Village.

Over the years, his pub quizzes raised an extraordinary PS50,000 for charity.

Little wonder he was named the Gazette's Community Champion Fundraiser in 2008 and, in 2012, carried the Olympic Torch when it came to Teesside.

And when, in 2011, the Gazette wanted a quizmaster, he was the perfect choice. He supplied them from May 2011 and never missed a week, other than the week before his death.

And Alison, who was 50 on July 18 - the day before Don died - says he loved doing them.

"He always enjoyed it, especially when his health meant he had to stop doing The Stainton quizzes. …

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