A print worker who spent more than half a century working in the “hot metal” age of newspapers, has died in Preston aged 91.
Tom Dilworth, a process engraver at the Lancashire Evening Post from school to retirement, passed away at the Little Sisters Nursing Home in Fulwood after a lengthy illness.
Tom joined the newspaper before the war aged 15 when its headquarters were in Fishergate, Preston. He served the company loyally until 1987 – two years before the Post moved to its current base in Eastway, Fulwood.
For most of his career, newspapers were printed using a molten lead typesetting process known as “hot metal.” Engravers turned photographs into metal plates to slot into pages. But computer technology had begun to replace the old processes by the time Tom retired.
“He was an Evening Post man through and through,” said daughter Rita Hunter. “He just loved the paper and loved working there. It was his life outside his family and his church.
“He would ride to work on his bike and was always whistling. In fact everyone knew him as ‘Whistling Tom.’ He was just so happy in his job.”
Tom leaves seven children, 19 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at the Little Sisters Chapel at 10am on Monday, October 28, followed by interment at Alston Lane, Longridge.