My father, Stanley Oglesby, who has died aged 87, was a statistician with the Glasgow-based textile company J&P Coats for his complete working life, rising to be head of operational analysis earlier than he retired.
He was born in a pitman’s cottage in Seaham Harbour, County Durham, the second of three sons of Vincent, a miner, and his spouse, Adelaide (nee Marsden). His diabetic father died when Stan was 11, leaving the household depending on “the parish” for monetary help. Stan’s personal well being as a baby was not good, and he spent nearly a 12 months in hospital on the age of 13.
Despite all the pieces, he handed his 11-plus examination and went to Robert Richardson grammar faculty in Ryhope, the place he excelled, earlier than gaining a scholarship to Imperial College London to check arithmetic. He graduated there with a first-class diploma in 1952 and went on to nationwide service in Germany.
In 1953, in the midst of his army obligation, he married his childhood sweetheart, Olga (nee Penman), whom he had initially met at a Scout dance. She labored on collating knowledge within the market analysis division at Proctor and Gamble in Newcastle, however as soon as they bought married they moved to Thornliebank in Glasgow, the place in 1953 Stan took up his place as a statistician with J&P Coats, a job that required the usage of early computing techniques. The agency (now Coats) was a multinational company with thread and dye works in lots of nations. Stan’s experience in color measurement and dye recipe prediction meant he was required to undertake in depth overseas travel. He wrote and co-authored analysis papers and was awarded the Worshipful Company of Dyers’ Research Medal in 1971. In addition, he turned treasurer of the Scottish Royal Statistical Society.
After retirement Stan pursued a broad vary of pursuits, together with supporting Sunderland soccer membership and spending extra time together with his grandchildren. A Guardian reader all his life, he significantly loved doing the prize crossword. Araucaria (John Graham) was his favorite setter and he commissioned him to compose a personalised crossword to have a good time Olga’s 80th birthday. It was suitably tough.
Sadly, he was more and more affected by Alzheimer’s within the final two years of his life. He is survived by Olga and their 5 youngsters, Alyson, Roger, Hilary, Nigel and me, 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.