OVER the years he became as much of a fixture in the Yorkshire Evening Post as any reporter or columnist.
Lawrie Slack penned scores of letters to the paper on everything from child poverty to the future of Kirkgate Market.
Signing them LE Slack, he built up a loyal following among readers, often being stopped in the street to discuss his latest point of view.
And the 77-year-old used his last letter to the YEP before his death to issue a plea for donations to our Half and Half Appeal in aid of the city’s hospices.
Daughter Catherine said it was typical of her dad to think of others – even in his final moments.
“He regularly gave to charity and just liked to help people,” she said. “After he was diagnosed with cancer he spent time at St Gemma’s Hospice and thought it was wonderful.
“We found his letter to the YEP in his belongings and it didn’t surprise us that he used it to try and help others, that’s the way he was.”
Lawrie, from Moortown, had worked at The Queens Hotel as a night porter, bringing home autographs of stars who stayed there. He was also a waiter at the Market Tavern pub, a window cleaner and a removals man, before a work-related injury forced him to retire. He and wife Margaret, 74, adopted daughter Catherine when she was five days old.
Tracy Dick, from St Gemma’s Hospice, said: “It’s a lovely gesture on Lawrie’s part to use his last letter to the YEP to ask people to make a donation.
“Every penny that’s given makes a difference. We can’t thank him enough.”