HOUSING official Ian Daniel, who dedicated 40 years to local government, has retired.
During his years with Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing Mr Daniel had a number of roles, including rent officer and collection officer.
His last role before retiring was as an estates management officer.
Fellow estates management officer Joanne Broadley, who worked with Mr Daniel for four years but has known him for more than 30, said: "He was a great person to work with, a really nice gentleman.
"He always went out of his way to help people and was well liked by both staff and tenants.
"He was a well-known figure throughout Kirklees Council and will be sadly missed."
Mr Daniel, who sings bass with Salendine Nook Baptist Church Choir and Huddersfield Choral Society and works with the youth club at the church, lives in Salendine Nook with his wife, Cynthia.
His retirement celebrations included two parties in his honour.
Past and present staff attended a KNH party, with guests including present chief executive Simon Rogers and Frank Turton, Mr Daniel's former boss.
A second, surprise, party was held for tenants and residents.
Mr Daniel was presented with an engraved watch to commemorate his special day.