Obituary: Cyril Bleasdale

We greatly regret to report the death of Railnews chairman Cyril Bleasdale. 

Cyril, who was 87, was one of the founding owners of Railnews Ltd when the title was acquired from the British Railways Board in 1996, and served as managing director until last year. He died in hospital on Sunday afternoon after a short illness.

Cyril joined the railways as a booking clerk in 1950, and later occupied a number of senior management posts under British Rail including director InterCity, general manager London Midland Region and director ScotRail, before retiring from BR in 1994.

He is survived by his wife Katy and their two daughters, Jane and Emma. 

Cyril Bleasdale OBE, 8 July 1934–27 March 2022.

This report was first posted on 28 March.
A fuller report will appear in the forthcoming print edition of Railnews, which will be published on 7 April.