Radio volunteer dies in York house explosion

Tributes have been paid to long serving hospital radio member Paul Wilmott who has died in an explosion in York.

The 63 year old has been at York Hospital Radio since 1972, and during his 44 years there served as its membership officer and training officer, but most memorably as its technical officer.

He passed away on Friday 19th February after a suspect gas explosion.

York Hospital Radio’s Ian Clennan paid this tribute to Paul: “We are devastated by the shocking news about Paul. He was a volunteer member of the radio station for 44 years, and served tirelessly as our technical officer for much of that period. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this very sad time.

“It is no exaggeration to say that Paul’s drive and enthusiasm have contributed hugely to the success and development of York Hospital Radio over many years, and helped keep the station abreast of technology and progress over the decades. We simply would not be on air now without him. His contribution will be hugely missed, and his death leaves a massive hole in the organisation, which will never truly be filled.”

The station’s membership officer Jim Gavigan added: “Paul was hugely creative and only satisfied with the very best. I have lots of great memories from the Outside Broadcasts we did together from so many venues, and I want to thank him for passing on his skills to me and many others over the years.”

June Snowden, President of the Hospital Broadcasting Association, and a member of York Hospital Radio, said : “Paul volunteered for our station tirelessly for over the past 44 years and was completely dedicated and committed to Hospital Radio and the community it has served.

“We were very lucky to have him as a member. He could always be relied upon to give support whenever needed.

“May you rest in peace Paul, it was a privilege to know you. I know you will be missed by everyone.”

The radio station plans to broadcast a full tribute to Paul in the coming days, and you can hear it in full after 6am, 12pm and 6pm on inRadio tomorrow (Wednesday).

Posted on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 at 8:52 pm by RadioToday staff

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