Randy Bangert, veteran journalist for The Tribune in Greeley


Randy Bangert

Randy Bangert – a longtime journalist known for his many years leading The Tribune in Greeley – died May 9 at age 63 at his home in Eaton after being diagnosed late last year with pancreatic cancer. Bangert worked for 43 years at the newspaper, including 12 as editor. He had recently stepped down from that post, taking the title of editor emeritus in March.

Bangert was an exceptional boss, friend and mentor to many along the way. In 2016 he was named Newspaper Person of the Year by the Colorado Press Association, which he said ranked among his most memorable career highlights. And in April of this year, he was one of three journalists inducted into the Colorado Press Association Hall of Fame.

Bangert got his start in the industry as many do, delivering newspapers for the Littleton Independent, of which his father, Vern, was co-owner. He attended Arapahoe High School in that city, then it was on to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. While in school, he did journalism part-time, working as a clerk, then a sports writer.

In 1974, he accepted a full-time position as a sports writer at The Tribune – the only newspaper he ever worked for – while still attending UNC. He became sports editor, beat reporter for education and city hall, assistant city editor in 1983, city editor a year later, managing editor in 1999 and editor in 2006. A journalist known to work long hours, he always managed to make time for his family and for his community as well.

A Colorado Press Association article detailing his selection as Newspaper Person of the Year included the following quotes from Bangert: “Maybe it was fate that I ended up in Greeley and ended up as editor. So many positive things happened to push me in this direction … in my wildest dreams I never would have imagined being editor of The Tribune. Now, I think I was born to be editor of The Greeley Tribune. It feels so natural, and so right.”

He is survived by his wife, Jan, whom he married in 1977, and three children, Scott, Mary and Robyn; and one grandchild, Hailey. Private services were scheduled.

 Ed Andrieski, AP photographer for 35 years

 Ed Andrieski, a longtime Associated Press photographer for the Denver bureau, died recently at age 73. He was born June 30, 1944, in Meadville, Penn., north of Pittsburgh. He attended the University of South Carolina and worked for The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., from 1968-1975. He then had his own photography business until he joined the AP.

Andrieski began work at the AP Denver bureau in 1979 and was based there until his retirement in 2014. He covered major news events in Colorado and traveled the world on assignment. He photographed natural disasters, politics and sporting events including the Super Bowl, World Series and the infamous exhibition boxing match between Muhammad Ali and former Denver Broncos defensive end Lyle Alzado. Closer to home, he covered the Columbine High School shootings in 1999 and the Aurora theater shootings in 2012.

In an AP obituary, Central Regional Director (and Andrieski’s former bureau chief) Jim Clark said: “Ed was a consummate professional. He had a great touch with colleagues in and out of the AP and worked hard to get the best possible shots on the wire.” On a lighter note, he added that “he also could cook like nobody’s business, his chocolate chip cookies were the stuff of legend.” Andrieski was also known as a mentor for other photographers, at AP as well as those who worked for other news organizations.

 David Barber, driver for The Denver Post

 David Barber, a driver for The Denver Post, has died. Born in 1965, he was “known to family and friends as someone who had a big heart and was always willing to help those in need,” according to his official obituary. He is survived by his mother, Mary Nolan; sons Joshua and Zachery Barber; sisters Julia Johnson, Laura Jones, Lisa Rung and Andrea Hopkins; and brother Michael Nolan.

 George Crouter, staff photographer for The Denver Post for 25 years


George Crouter 

George Crouter, who worked for more than 25 years as staff photographer for The Denver Post, has died at age 91. He attended Colorado State University (then Colorado A&M), then earned a bachelor of science from the University of Denver. He also served three years in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Georgiana; two daughters, Carolyn and Nancy; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Crouter also took photos for many years for Empire Magazine, a Sunday publication of The Denver Post. That work led to a book, “The Majestic Fourteeners … Colorado’s Highest,” published in 1977, for which Crouter traveled hundreds of miles. One Empire cover photo was judged by Editor and Publisher magazine as best in the country for creative use of editorial photography. He also was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in the early 1960s for a news photo.

Mary Dailey, former Rocky Mountain News employee


Mary Dailey

Mary Patricia “Squirt” Dailey died recently. She was an employee of the former Rocky Mountain News until she was forced to retire due to illness. She is survived by four children, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Dailey.

 Priscilla Ann LaBoria, Denver Post employee


Priscilla Ann LaBoria

Priscilla Ann (Day) LaBoria, of Golden, has died. She was born on Dec. 11, 1948, in Palmer, Mass., west of Boston, to Allen and Doris Day. Interested in nursing, she attended Quinsigamond Community College in Worchester and Boston College, earning her LPN in 1975.

LaBoria worked as a nurse in the Boston area before moving to Colorado in 1978. She continued her education at Red Rocks Community College, receiving an associate of arts degree in elementary education. She then worked as a medical receptionist and also for Weberg’s Furniture. LaBoria had been employed by The Denver Post since 2003, making many friends.

While working at Weberg’s, she met her husband, Thomas LaBoria, in 1979. They married on May 30, 1982, at the Heritage Square Chapel in Golden, Colo. They lived in Lakewood until 2005, when they moved to Golden.

LaBoria is survived by her husband; daughter Tegan LaBoria, of Morrison; son Kyle (Tiana) LaBoria, of Kearney, Neb.; brothers Kenneth Day, of West Brookfield, Mass., and David Day, of Brookfield, Mass.; and three grandchildren.

 Helen P. McGuire, reporter for the former Cervi’s Rocky Mountain Journal


Helen McGuire

Helen P. McGuire, who was a reporter for the famed Cervi’s Rocky Mountain Journal, died this spring, shortly before her 100th birthday at her son’s home in Delaware. She was born Helen Ione Peret on March 11, 1918, to John Henry and Rua Gifford Peret. She grew up in Oregon, Mo., and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1939.

During her career, she worked as a journalist, for her husband’s advertising firm, and later in government oversight of the cable industry. After working at magazines in Iowa and Illinois, she met her husband, John L. McGuire, and married in 1950. The couple moved to Denver in 1952 when he took a job as sales representative for the new KOA-TV and she went to work for Cervi’s Rocky Mountain Journal. One of the first business weeklies in the western United States, the journal was run by Gene Cervi, said in one biography to practice journalism and political activism that “shaped Denver’s economic and political landscape in the mid-1900s.”

When her husband left KOA to start his own company – the first regional advertising representative firm in Denver – she went with him, providing editorial and secretarial assistance. Later, in her 60s, McGuire became the first employee of Denver’s Office of Telecommunications, established to oversee the new cable television service providers. After 15 years, she retired at age 79 from the OTC as a telecommunications consultant.

She is survived by a son, Kevin McGuire, and his partner, Susan McNally; her daughter, Maureen McGuire, and son-in-law Ranjan Batra; and their daughters, Sharmila and Keely. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years.

 Allen D. Maggard, Glenwood Springs newspaper owner


Allen D. Maggard

Allen D. “Al” Maggard, who bought and ran newspapers in the Glenwood Springs area in the 1960s and 1970s, died recently at age 89. He was born July 11, 1928, in Sterling to John and Edith Maggard, and grew up on a farm northwest of that city. Maggard graduated from Logan County High School, after which he joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1946. After his service, he worked as a radio announcer and engineer in Arizona, New Mexico and eastern Colorado. He went to work at KGLN in Glenwood Springs in 1957.

After marrying Charlotte Crouse in 1962, they bought the daily Morning Reminder newspaper the following year. In 1967, they purchased the weekly Glenwood Springs Sage and merged the two newspapers into the Sage-Reminder, publishing two times a week. A year after his wife’s death in late 1973, Maggard sold the newspaper and went to work as director of the Garfield County Dispatch Center. He practiced and taught forensic photography to regional law enforcement agencies and also did picture framing, opening a business in downtown Glenwood Springs.

Maggard was active in the community, serving on the city council, as the county Republican chairman, the first chairman of the Glenwood Parks and Recreation Commission, secretary to the Centennial-Bicentennial Commission, and chairman of the Glenwood Springs Alcohol Beverage Hearing Board.

He is survived by daughters Lucy (Ben Hersch) and Ann; sister Helen Walker, of Longmont; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Lowell and Ralph.

 Francis Jim Nick Saykally, advertising executive for The Denver Post for 34 years


Francis Jim Nick Saykally

Francis Jim Nick Saykally, who worked for 34 years as an advertising executive with The Denver Post, has died at age 82. He was born in Las Vegas, N.M., to Beatrice and Najeeb “Nick” Saykally. He was also a U.S. Air Force veteran. A man with an outgoing personality, Saykally loved to tell jokes. He also served as an usher at many Catholic churches.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Alice; daughters Cindy (Gino) Finamore, Kathy (Mark) Luax and Gina Saykally; son Steve (Veronica) Saykally; sister Libbie Bauer; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Patricia Collins Smedley, Denver Post society editor for 34 years


Patricia Smedley Denver Post

Patricia Collins Smedley, 92, has died after a long battle with asthma and more recently, Alzheimer’s. She was born in Denver to Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Rushmore Collins. She graduated from East High School, the University of Denver and the school of journalism at the University of Southern California. She married Dr. John Vickers in 1952.

She became a society reporter for The Denver Post in 1949. In 1951 she was named society editor, which she did for 34 years, covering society news in Denver, Vail, Aspen, Palm Springs and Scottsdale. She also wrote book reviews, features and was an assistant travel writer.

Smedley was one of four founders of the Denver chapter of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) in 1976. The national organization (founded in Los Angeles by her aunt Irene Slagel) has raised millions in scholarship funds. She was also a volunteer and on the board of trustees of Planned Parenthood and the Four Mile House, and co-chairman of the Christmas Debutante Ball committee.

After her retirement, she traveled extensively around the world, was an avid reader of history and mystery books, and was a collector of 18th century English antiques, opening a business, Hawksmoor House Antiques, with a close friend. She is survived by her husband; daughter Jan; and granddaughter Elizabeth. Her parents and a sister, Mrs. John Lee Spencer, preceded her in death.


Reported by Contributing Editor Cheryl Ghrist. Send your obituary information to her at caghrist@comcast.net.