Buckinghamshire veteran court journalist Stanley Gold has died after a career spanning almost half a century.
Gold, 64, had reported on cases at Aylesbury Crown Court for more than 30 years, including the Great Train Robbery.
Crown Court judge Roger Connor said: “The important job he carried out was, in the main, not glamorous. We do not get many cases of that description here. His work was, however, done with great care and a high degree of skill. He had been here for so long that he had become almost part of the furniture. He was liked by the staff and judges at this court and he shall be greatly missed.”
Ann Gold, Stan’s wife of 37 years, said reporting was his life. She said: “He was always drawn to it. He went to journalism straight from school at 15. It was all he ever wanted to do. He would have kept on going until he was 90 if he could.”
Gold made his name covering the Great Train Robbery trial in Aylesbury. He turned down job offers from Fleet Street, preferring to freelance in Buckinghamshire.
Gold was born in Whitechapel in London in 1939 and on the outbreak of war the family left London for Aylesbury. The eldest of two boys, he left school at 15 and went to work at the Bucks Advertiser. He then went to work in Cambridge for a news agency and worked in public relations for Butlins before becoming a freelance journalist.
He is survived by his widow, a son, a daughter and four grandchildren.
James Clements, Bucks Free Press