Newspaper’s founder dies suddenly aged 66

Jim Hendry, Extra's founder, dies aged 66
Jim Hendry, Extra's founder, dies aged 66

The Extra are deeply saddened to announce the passing of James Erskine Hendry, this newspaper’s founder.

James, affectionately known to most as Jim, passed away suddenly but peacefully at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley on Saturday 20th August 2016.

Jim had quite the career in the newspaper industry. He first plied his trade at J Paton and Cook, based in Paisley and publishers of the Paisley & Renfrewshire Gazette, Eastwood Mercury and Barrhead News, where he began as an advertising executive before rising to advertising sales manager.

In late 1981 he created JH Publishing, resulting in the publication of the Glasgow South & Eastwood Extra.

The first issue of the paper was printed on February 4 1982 and went on to win the accolade of Scotland’s Best Free Newspaper twice.

Soon after launching The Extra Jim then began to acquire a number of other free titles.

Jim went on to become the Scottish MD for Community Media Limited acquiring ‘The Ayrshire Leader series’ and latterly ‘The Milngavie & Bearsden Courier’.

Having enjoyed a successful publishing career he took a decision to retire early to spend more time with his young family.

Subsequently, and with much encouragement, he served for 10 years on the Children’s Panel and became Chair of the meetings.

In his spare time Jim enjoyed football, his holiday home in Millport and buying shirts! He will be sadly missed by family, friends and business colleagues alike.

For anyone wishing to pay their respects Jim’s funeral will be held on Thursday, September 1 at 2pm at Woodside Crematorium, 46 Broomlands Street, Paisley.