A FORMER Huddersfield journalist has died in Swindon at the age of 95.
James Stewart had recently lived at a nursing home in Faringdon, but was originally from Golcar.
He worked on the Examiner for 20 years, joining in 1939 to cover Colne Valley news.
He became chief reporter, before leaving in 1960 to become news editor at the Slough Express, then deputy editor at the Windsor, Slough and Eton Express.
He was born in Leeds in 1908 and educated in Scarborough and Bridlington.
Mr Stewart started his journalistic career as a reporter on the Wiltshire Times.
He was chairman of the West Wiltshire branch of the National Union of Journalists.
He met his wife, Kathleen, in Wiltshire and they married in April, 1932. They had two sons, Jeremy Ian, now 68, and Robin, 64.
Mrs Stewart died in 1997.
When Mr Stewart got his job at the Examiner in 1939, the family moved to Scar Lane, Golcar.
Mr Stewart was chairman and treasurer of the NUJ's Huddersfield branch and treasurer for the NUJ's Yorkshire District Council.
He became one of the first assessors on the National Council for the Training of Journalists' training course.
He was also chairman and treasurer of the Huddersfield Press Ball.
Outside of work, he was a member of Golcar Parish Church Dramatic Society, along with both his sons.
Mr Stewart was a member of Golcar Parochial Church Council from 1952 to 1960.
He was a member of the Auxiliary Fire Service before the Second World War and during it was Commandant of the Colne Valley AFS.
He then became a full-time member of the National Fire Service and was section leader and station officer at Slaithwaite until 1945.
Mr Stewart was a key organiser of large-scale blood donor campaigns in Huddersfield. He was awarded his silver blood donor badge.
He was also a fan of motoring and boating.