THE FAMILY of a Tilehurst man who died of coronavirus at 85 last week said he will be 'sadly missed'.

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Sean Murphy, who lived in Reading all his life, worked at The Reading Chronicle for 49 years before he retired.

His son Paul said: "He worked there as a boy and a man.

"I think these days, working for the same company for nearly 50 years is almost unheard of!"

Reading Chronicle:

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Pictures show Sean at work not long after he joined as a compositor.

An old sign reading 'Chronicle, founded 1770', was among the Sean's belongings.

Paul said: "This was formerly in the entrance of the old Chronicle building in Valpey Street."

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Sean will leave his home in Ashbury Drive, Tilehurst, for the last time on wednesday, May 6 at 1.30pm.

Paul said: "If any of his neighbours wish to wave him off from the home he bought in 1960, they are welcome to."

Reading Chronicle:

His family would like to thank Richard Ward and the team at West Berkshire Hospital for being with him at the end, when they could not.

Paul said: "He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends, and is being buried at St Michael's church, Tilehurst."