Sidney. voice of hospital radio, dies

A MANCHESTER man known for his charitable work in the community died on Tuesday after a long illness.

Sidney Wander, 92, raised thousands of pounds for charities, including Cancer Research, and formed a fundraising committee for St Ann’s Hospice, in Little Hulton, Salford.

He also served as president of the Rotary Club of Manchester North.

In the Jewish community, Mr Wander’s positions included honorary joint-secretary of the Manchester Council of Christians and Jews, honorary press officer of the Manchester Reform Synagogue (Jackson’s Row), press and publicity officer for the Manchester Maccabi Theatre Group, The Jewish Theatre Group and the Manchester Jewish Drama Festival.

“Dad had a good sense of humour and a dry wit, which he retained right up until the end,” daughter Laura Wander said.

“He was a proper gentleman in its truest term — a gentle man.

“Dad always liked to fix things, too, and he had a love of new technology — he was often an early adopter of the latest gadget.”

Mr Wander was raised in Cheetham Hill.

His first job was working in sales for the film business.

He met June (nee Harris) at Maccabi and they married in 1952 at the Holy Law Synagogue, Prestwich.

The couple had four children — Charles, Liz, Jo and Laura — and two grandchildren.

They settled in Prestwich and then Whitefield.

Mr Wander later went into the family wholesale hardware business before he set up a packaging company.

He also worked for North Manchester General Hospital Broadcasting Radio, which later became Northern Air Hospital Radio, at its inception and volunteered there for 50 years, as well as hosting his own show.

He arranged for the Hallé Orchestra’s Sunday performance from the Free Trade Hall to be broadcast to patients and Christmas Mass from Manchester Cathedral.

Mr Wander was awarded an MBE in 2005 for charitable services.

His wife, June, added: “Sidney was very family-orientated.

“He enjoyed the cinema, theatre and photography, too.”

Mr Wander’s sister, Rita Berman, predeceased him.

His funeral took place on Wednesday at Southern Cemetery, in Chorlton.

Manchester Reform Congregation’s Rabbi Reuven Silverman officiated.

His wife and childrensurvive him.

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