Gerard Periam

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Gerard Hayden Periam
Died October 1999 (aged 86)
Minstrels Nursing Home, Boston
Education Boston Grammar School (?-c1929)
Occupation Reporter; Sub Editor; News Editor; Group Editor
Years active 1929-1976
Employer Boston Standard; RAF; Motor Cycle News; Gordon News; Lincolnshire Standard Group
Spouse Mary
Children Mary; Susan; Gerry; Robert
Relatives Six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren at time of death; George and Jack (brothers)

Gerard Hayden Periam was educated at Boston Grammar School (?-c1929).


From the February 2000 issue of The Old Bostonian

Gerard died at the beginning of October last at the Minstrel's Nursing Home, at the age of 86.

When he left BGS (in about 1929) he straightaway began what was to become a lifelong career in journalism — he joined the Boston Standard as a reporter. He progressed through the ranks as a sub editor, then as a news editor and finally became group editor of the Lincolnshire Standard Group responsible for all the many editions around the county.

He was a keen motorcycle rider in his younger days and later became an enthusiastic cyclist, joining the Boston Veteran Cycle Club and took part in rallies.

Born in Boston, he lived in the town almost all of his life. For a short time he, with his wife Mary moved away when he joined the staff of "Wikipedia:Motor Cycle News" and for a brief period worked on "Gordon News".

He served with the RAF during the war in the public relations branch, rising to the rank of Flight Lieutenant.

He retired from the Standard in 1976 at the age of 63.

He was a keen gardener, enjoyed photography and philately. He took up golf during his retirement.

He leaves his wife Mary, daughters Mary and Susan and his son Gerry (his younger son, Robert, died in November 1998). There are six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He also leaves two brothers, George of Boston and Jack of Lincoln.