JOHN Wozniak, a well-known figure in Huddersfield’s Ukrainian and Italian communities, has died aged 82.
Mr Wozniak, of Armitage Road in Birkby, died suddenly at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary on July 21.
He was born in the Ukraine and was one of many people from the country who came to Britain in search of a better life.
At first he worked in Scotland before settling in West Yorkshire and taking a job at a mill in Cleckheaton.
He then moved to Hopkinsons Valves at Birkby, where he worked in the foundry for many years.
Mr Wozniak met his wife, Giovanna, at a dance in Dewsbury. She had just arrived in England from Cassino in Italy with her three sisters.
They all worked at the former Britannia Mill in Mirfield.
The couple were married in 1955 and have one daughter, Julia, and four grandchildren, Antonia, Olivia, Andre and Alessandra.
Mr Wozniak and his wife were both regulars at the Italian Club, which meets at St Patrick’s Centre on Trinity Street.
Mr Wozniak also had connections with the Ukrainian Club at Edgerton.
His funeral was held today at St James the Great RC Church at Oakes. It was followed by an interment at Woodfield Cemetery in Lockwood.
Donations were collected for Cancer Research.