Tribute paid to ‘popular’ former Sheffield Star copytaker

Jean Humberstone.
Jean Humberstone.
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a long-serving former member of The Star’s team.

Former copytaker Jean Humberstone died, aged 83, in Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital following a fight with lymphatic cancer.

The mother, grandmother and great-grandmother spent the majority of her professional life working for the Sheffield newspaper, Property Guide and Green ’Un.

The mum to five daughters and a son was a valued member of staff and her dedication saw her work beyond retirement age, finally calling it a day aged 72.

Sheffield born and bred, Jean grew up near Pitsmoor and attended Abbeydale Girls’ Grammar School.

She tied the knot with husband Ron 63 years ago, after which she moved to Ecclesfield to start married life.

Ron said: “She lived in Sheffield all her life, but during World War Two was sent to Lincolnshire as an evacuee. She loved being outdoors planting potatoes on the farm.

“She liked gardening, but didn’t do much of it in later life because she had arthritis.

“Jean liked swimming, needlework, readings, crosswords and tapestry, but her biggest interest was her family. Jean had 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and was just about to become a great, great grandmother, but she had been fighting this cancer for three years.”

Val Croxton, a Star employee who worked with Jean for about 40 years, said: “Jean was just a nice person you couldn’t find any faults with.

“She was a popular lady in the office and will be missed by me and others who worked with her over the years.”

Jean’s funeral service is at Ecclesfield Parish Church on Wednesday, August 29, at 2.15 pm, followed by interment in Ecclesfield Cemetery.