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Ex-Chron Cobblers reporter dies at 82

Maurice Ribbans

Maurice Ribbans

The children of an ex-Chronicle & Echo reporter, who has passed away, described him as a “family man” who had a “strong sense of community .”

Maurice Arthur Ribbans MBE died on June 30 this year at 82 years old, after battling with lung cancer.

Born in Northampton, Mr Ribbans went to Headlands Primary School where, at four years old, he first met his future wife, Sheila.

He joined the Chron as a sports reporter after leaving school in 1948 when, his son Bill said, he spent his “salad days”, “indulging his passion for sport and local affairs”.

Aged 15, he met Sheila again and the pair embarked on a romance which would turn into 61 years of happy marriage. They moved around Northampton with their children, Kim, Elisabeth and Bill.

In the 1960s, Mr Ribbans joined civil engineering company, Sir Owen Williams & Partners, as they began building the new M1 motorway, but he continued to contribute his sporting expertise to the Chron and BBC Radio.

In 1983, before receiving an MBE for services to transport, Mr and Mrs Ribbans moved to the Cotswolds where they delved into their passion for Shakespearian theatre.

Bill Ribbans described his father as a man with “a passion for words, even developing his own vocabulary” who taught his children to “love and find the good in everybody”.

 

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