Former librarian was a fount of knowledge about Ilkeston

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A LIBRARIAN who became a fountain of knowledge about Ilkeston was mourned by friends, historians and ramblers this week.

Mike Jobling died in Nottingham City Hospital after suffering from heart trouble for several years.

Mike, originally from Durham, moved to the town for a job at Ilkeston Public Library more than 30 years ago, becoming a keen local historian and member of Erewash Ramblers Association.

Beverley Kilby, 49, who worked with him on his last history project, said: “Mike was a very private person but knew absolutely everything.

“A lot of knowledge and a lot of detail has gone and that is dreadful. I remember going to the library in my teens because I was interested in local history and Mike was very helpful.

“Some people are very precious about their knowledge but Mike wasn’t like that. If he knew something he would tell you and if he didn’t, he tried to lead you in the right direction.

“He was very conscientious, very methodical and hardworking.

“There’s a lot of information on the internet that’s wrong and Mike would go to the original source,” said Ms Kilby, who is editor of the newsletter of Ilkeston Local History Society.

Fellow historian Danny Corns, 76, added: “He was not a local man but Ilkeston got into his blood.

“He was working on maps which showed the changes in shops up and down Bath Street, work which is important in showing how things have altered.”

The funeral of Mr Jobling will be held at St Thomas Catholic Church, Nottingham Road, Ilkeston, on Wednesday, April 18, at 12.30pm, followed by cremation at Bramcote.

He left instructions for his ashes to be scattered on a hillside above No Man’s Lane, Dale Abbey, a spot which offers views to Charnwood Forest, Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station and to Ilkeston.

Jackie Swepstone, assistant in charge at Ilkeston Library, said: “He will certainly be missed here by his former colleagues.

“His knowledge of Ilkeston was second to none.

“He often came in to do research even when he had retired and was really good at helping out if we needed to know something.”

Mr Jobling lived in the Larklands area of Ilkeston and used to lead walks for Erewash Ramblers, having once been chairman and footpath secretary.

Neighbour Tom Dutton, 65, said: “Even when he was in the cardiac unit, he would phone and was more concerned about my knee than how he was. He was a very nice person.”