Tributes have been paid to Richard Spencer, pictured left, who spent more than 30 years working on newspapers in Yorkshire and more recently for the Press Association.
Richard, known as ‘Spender’ to friends and colleagues, has been described as a “key figure” in the Yorkshire Evening Post newsroom for a number of years – both as a reporter and news editor.
His regional press career also saw him work for papers in Harrogate, Bradford and Barnsley before a move into public relations.
Richard, a grandfather-of-six, passed away on Sunday after a battle with cancer.
At the time of his death, he was working as managing editor for Sticky Content – a content marketing agency run by PA.
Long-serving former YEP features editor Anne Pickles said: “Richard was a big-hearted rogue with a limitless sense of fun – a journalist and man without equal.
“Spender will be remembered as exceptional. And I think he might like that.”
A graduate of the London School of Economics, he started his career on weekly newspapers with the Harrogate-based Ackrill Group in 1984.
Three years later he moved to the Bradford Telegraph & Argus, before joining the YEP in 1990.
After a brief stint at the Barnsley Chronicle, he joined PA where, as night editor of its newswire service, he was responsible for the output of 100 journalists across the UK and Ireland.
In 2000, he moved into public relations, to edit a multi award-winning NHS publication and went on to play a key role in public sector communications for Atlas Media Group and later as operations director of the Tribal Group plc’s subsidiary, Kindred.
He returned to journalism in 2012 with Sticky Company.
Outside of work, Richard was described as “a colourful rock ‘n’ roll character who lived life to the full”, enjoying music, food, fashion, cars and travel.
“He was always so cool,” said Yorkshire Television news presenter Christine Talbot this week.
Richard is survived by wife, Jackie, five daughters – Molly, Hannah, Katusha, Sophia and Gabriella – and six grandchildren.