JAMES Henry Brown was instrumental in the development of the Young Men's Christian Association in Huddersfield.
He came to the town in 1960 to take charge of the new YMCA building in Lord Street.
And as former general secretary of the area's association from 1960 until his retirement in 1977, he dedicated his life to it and was passionate about it.
The Lord Street development included a large hostel to provide accommodation for workers and students.
The organisation also included the boys' club in Milnsbridge and sports facilities at Laund Hill.
"My dad lived and slept the YMCA. He used to bring home students at Christmas," said his daughter, Rosemary.
Mr Brown died in Huddersfield Royal Infirmary on Sunday, February 1, aged 91.
He was born in Belfast and began his career working in the Belfast City Mission, before joining the YMCA movement.
He was general secretary of the YMCA in Shankill Road, Belfast, and Ballymoney, before moving to Grimsby in 1951.
While there, he developed YMCA premises, including sporting facilities, a chapel and a hostel.
Mr Brown was married to Marie for 61 years. He also leaves Rosemary and two grandchildren, Sharon and Robert.
He was a member of Huddersfield Rotary Club and Meltham Golf Club.
He was also a keen angler and enjoyed caravanning holidays in Pickering.
His funeral was held at Highfield St James's United Reformed Church last Friday, followed by cremation at Huddersfield Crematorium.