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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: http://www.jimhalliday.com/funeral/
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