Farewell to a ‘news hound’

Former Star reporter Brian Mentz, who has died 2013
Former Star reporter Brian Mentz, who has died 2013
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A veteran Star reporter has died suddenly at the age of 80 while on a golfing holiday in Hull.

Brian Mentz was chief reporter and later district editor on the old Worksop Star, later moving to the Doncaster Star before he retired in the 1990s.

Brian began his career in journalism as a 16-year-old apprentice at the Worksop Guardian, later working for the Yorkshire Evening News and the South Yorkshire Times, covering the Rotherham area.

His apprenticeship was interrupted by a spell of National Service in the RAF.

Brian moved to The Star eight years later as its first Worksop-based reporter.

His later news editor Paul License said Brian knew Worksop and its institutions inside out.

“Together with his fellow reporter Tom Landles he became part of the fixtures and fittings of the town and served the local people extremely well for many years.

“When I was news editor I always knew I could rely on Brian’s intimate knowledge of his patch to bring The Star’ readers the news first.

“He was a hard working and diligent news hound who instinctively knew where to find a story and worked hard to hit what many these days would consider to be impossible deadlines. His passing is a sad day for ‘old school’ journalism,” Paul said.

Brian’s granddaughter Dr Elizabeth Herbert said his other lifelong passion was golf.

“After he retired he would play every day of the week and went on many golifing holidays to Spain and Portugal,” she said.

“He actually passed away on a golfing trip to Hull which is probably the way he would have wanted to go.”

Brian leaves five grandchildren.