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Saturday, 9 August 2014

I was informed this week that one of our subscribers JOE LLOYD of Gee Cross had passed away. Joe was a local historian and railway enthusiast

Joe Lloyd

 Words By Dave Stafford
Joe was born in Wallasey son of a grocer but moved to Hyde very soon after his birth.
Lived on Stockport road a few doors away from Zion’s church and the railway lines on Peel Street
He attended Leigh Street School, then moved to Hyde Grammar, his father died when he was fifteen from an old WW1 wound.
Attended St Georges scouts and got his interest in the peak district walking and hiking he became scout leader taking his troop on numerous trips, and even to Switzerland.
Stayed involved with the scouts all his life.
Started work at Beyer Peacocks (Gorton tank) as a trainee apprentice designer then called up for national service.
Served in Northern Ireland in the military police special investigations squad rose to sergeant this is where he got his interest in research, after national service he decided Beyer Peacocks not the job for his so he started at Hyde town hall as a committee Clark 1946 stayed in local government all his career working at Stratford Stockport Dukinfield and Hyde and was part of the formation of T.M.B.C.
Married Betty 1953
In 1974 moved to Ashton T.H. as an assistant director of administration and retired in 1981
But carried on with committees charities and trust. 
He has published books on Beyer Peacocks locomotive listing every locomotive built and where they are today and enclosing all design drawing of each one.

He had a love of cars and travelling and a never ending searching for facts



Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about Joe, his contributions to the blog will be very much missed.

Geoff Oldham said...

Joe's funeral is today at Dukinfield Crem, go and pay your respects to a fine local historian.

Margaret Gradwell said...

We have returned from Joe's funeral and what a wonderful celebration of a special local man.
He enjoyed life to the full right to the end.
A fount of knowledge in so many fields but putting his family first. The tributes from his granddaughters showed that well.
He had a love of Hyde and transport of all kinds. RIP Joe It was great to know you.

Anonymous said...

It was a magnificent turn out for Joe's funeral yesterday. At Hyde Golf club after the funeral was a large display of books that Joe had wrote on different subjects. Good bye Joe, you were a fine historian and a great friend.

Werneth Low said...

Just to say that Beyer Peacock's wasn't Gorton Tank.

Joyce Lee said...

Mr Lloyd's was buried or cremated over a week ag, and surely now the Oldham.s have been united with their relatives, so how about a change to the blog? Surely out of Hyde's total population there are still a number of items ready for print.