The Gleaner family remembers Lyons
Monday marked the first day back at The Gleaner for the majority of staff since their beloved colleague Wayne Lyons died tragically on Saturday.
It was the nature of Lyons' passing that caused the most grief. Friends and co-workers said Lyons loved motorcycles, and it was a cruel irony he died in a crash.
"He didn't deserve to go like that," said Angela Richardson, with whom Lyons had one daughter. "She's not taking it well." Lyons also has an older daughter.
Lyons joined the company in April 1996 as a trainee pressman in the Print Department and was later confirmed as a press operator. In 2006, he was promoted to press maintenance supervisor and later to a grade one maintenance supervisor, a position he held until his untimely passing.
The Gleaner's Managing Director, Christopher Barnes, said the company "lost a very special member of the family who was dearly loved".
"His enthusiasm and fun approach to his work was infectious and his influence transcended the boundaries of his department to all levels of the organisation. It is difficult not to smile knowing that somewhere in heaven Wayne is either playing music for others, or reaching out with a greasy or ink-stained handshake to the unsuspecting. We have lost a giant but will always have fond memories of him to allow us to carry on as he would no doubt want us to do. He will be sorely missed," said Barnes.
Lyons' immediate supervisor, Print and Maintenance Manager Gilbert Callaghan, said he had never seen a more dedicated worker. "You could call him at any hour. He was willing to come out at any time," he said. "I have never come across anybody with that type of passion."
Callaghan remembered that during Hurricane Sandy, Lyons willingly stayed over at the company for two days and even volunteered to pick up staff who would have had trouble coming in for their shift. Upon his return, the crew realised the press room was taking in water. Lyons led a team to quickly construct a 'false roof' of tarpaulin to keep things going.
Members of Lyons' work crew gathered at the company's office over the weekend, venting their emotions. Counselling sessions are being arranged.
Anthony O'Gilvie, manager - human resources and administration, described Lyons as a "stalwart" who would be missed by all. "Condolences go out to his family, friends and loved ones from the Gleaner family."
Other than bikes, Lyons also loved music. Though a mechanic, whenever the company's sports club held events, it was Lyons who would 'string up the sound'. As if in tribute to their fallen colleague, the pressmen recorded one of the lowest percentages of spoiled copies in recent history on Saturday night.