Tributes paid to Times lady

Former SYT reporter Renee Oldfield with her reporter husband Irving Oldfield.
Former SYT reporter Renee Oldfield with her reporter husband Irving Oldfield.

A former South Yorkshire Times reporter who braved Hitler’s bombs to keep the paper going during World War Two has died.

Renee Oldfield was just 16 when she joined the paper’s Mexborough office and was often sent out to gather family tributes to loved ones killed in action.

Journalist son Simon said she was well remembered by older people in Mexborough for her war coverage.

He said: “Official communications often broke down, so it was not uncommon for Renee’s arrival on the doorstep to be the first the family knew of their loss.”

Mrs Oldfield lived in Beech Road, Wath, and worked at the SYT for several years. She met fellow SYT reporter Irving Oldfield and they married in 1946. They moved to Doncaster, where Irving worked for the Evening Post.

In the 1960s, the couple moved to London where Mrs Oldfield worked for the Palmers Green and Southgate Gazette, before retiring in the 1980s.

She died aged 87 on April 19. Mr Oldfield died aged 85 in 2009.

Mrs Oldfield is survived by a brother, two children, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.