Telegraph View: Honouring lives well lived

David Walsh Business Round Table with Nancy Fielder
David Walsh Business Round Table with Nancy Fielder

Sheffield was hit by news of the deaths of two popular people this week.

Bill Michie and Bobby Knutt were perhaps as different as you could get in terms of personality, but they were both extremely loved in their home city.

There are many wonderful lives celebrated and people mourned by families or friends with stories to tell

The politician was well known for his strong views and such a fighter for this city.

The comedian and entertainer was adored for his cheesy jokes and pantomime puns at Sheffield theatres. I still ask myself, why does a brown cow give white milk when it only eats green grass?

These were two men whose views of politics were worlds apart but their love of Sheffield was arguably equal.

Bobby Knutt once famously declared that he absolutely loved Sheffield, the reason being that it was full of Sheffielders. Most of us feel like that, I am sure.

These sudden and unexpected deaths both prompted an outpouring of tributes and memories.

It also got your Telegraph team thinking and highlighted a hole in our coverage.

These two remarkable Sheffield men had regularly appeared on our news pages over the decades and so too, of course, would their death.

But they are not alone in having meant the world to many people and having made an impact on Sheffielders.

Much of the change we have made to the Telegraph over the last year has been to include more opinions, more voices and represent more people.

There are many wonderful lives celebrated and people mourned by families or friends with stories to tell.

So this week, on Page 31, we are launching an obituaries page.

I hope that over coming weeks and months it will contain memories of people who you might not have heard of but would certainly be interested in.

It is a new service offered by our journalists and I hope you see it as a good addition. As always, I am always open to new ideas and suggestions.