GEORGE Galey, who worked at the Echo for more than 30 years, has died at the age of 83.
George’s roles included being chief engineer and project manager and he had responsibility for the smooth running of the printing presses.
He worked at the paper’s Bridge Street site in the city centre, before playing an important role in the Echo’s move to Pennywell.
Before joining the paper, Sunderland-born George was in the merchant navy, working for Cable and Wireless.
After retiring, he worked for The Samaritans and on a voluntary basis in the prison service.
A keen musician, George was well known on the Wearside choir scene.
His funeral is being held today at 2.45pm St Gabriel’s Church, followed by a gathering at the Hastings Hill pub near to the Echo’s offices.