Arthur James Halliday 1933 – 2014

1st July 2014 — 6 Comments

I regret to inform you that my friend Jim Halliday died peacefully on June 26 at the age of 81, surrounded by his family. Me old Ma would have said that he’d had a ‘good innings’ and that’s true, but it still comes as a shock.

When I first start writing, he was one of my mentors, always willing to help by giving advice, encouragement and support. I regret the passing of a first-class detectorist and ‘gentleman’ in every sense of the word.

In December 2010 he wrote his last Retrospect column for The Searcher magazine and I took over in the New Year, honoured to be following in his footsteps. He gave me free rein to use information from over 3000 sheets of information that he had recorded. I also know that he did a great deal of voluntary work with the York Archaeological Trust and helped at PAS identification days held at York Museum.

I shall miss his emails commenting – and sometimes congratulating me – on my writing. In the future whenever there is a new post to be written, I shall be conscious of Jim’s guiding hand. His passing has left a void in many people’s lives, but they are undoubtedly better people for having known a great guy! The details for Jim’s funeral have now been finalised and can be found here:


Jim Halliday 1933- 2014


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6 responses to Arthur James Halliday 1933 – 2014

  1. Sorry to hear that John…condolences to his family.

  2. …He will obviously be sadly missed by you John, but take comfort in the many happy memories of your friend and a fine gentleman. My condolences to you and his family.

  3. R.I.P Jim, you will be missed..

  4. Jim will be missed by many.

    He brought knowledge and pleasure to many of us when reading his various articles.

    Thanks and RIP.

  5. Condolences to his family and friends. I did not know the gentleman personally, but it is always a sad time when somebody you have known for a long time passes on. RIP Jim.

  6. I have subscribed to The Searcher for many years and always enjoyed reading Jim’s articles. He even described one of my early finds, an inscribed 15th century purse bar as “breathtaking!”.We older detectorists pick up a lot of knowledge over the years and are happy to share our knowledge with others. Jim was one one of those characters and his departing is very sad.

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