ONE of Huddersfield’s most well-known clergymen has died.
Canon Peter Spivey, who was 91, passed away at a Holmfirth nursing home.
Canon Spivey was best known as the Vicar of Meltham, where he served for 25 years.
But he also spent half a century as a hospital chaplain at the former St Luke’s Hospital in Crosland Moor.
Mr Spivey, of Beaumont Park, was also renowned for his forthright views on all manner of things.
He had strong opinions on divorce, on Christmas, on politics and on the church and was never afraid to air and share his views.
He was also a Freemason, holding several high-ranking posts in the Yorkshire region over the years, and was again willing to speak out on that subject.
Mr Spivey, who was born in Hanging Heaton, Dewsbury, was the son of a stonemason.
When he left school he started work as a shop assistant in Hanging Heaton but it was always expected he would enter the ministry.
He himself later said that had he not chosen to enter the church, he would have loved to have become a journalist.
He was a choirboy, a Sunday School teacher and a lay reader at his local church.
Mr Spivey studied and qualified at Edinburgh Theological College.
He was ordained at St John’s Church, Dewsbury Moor, in 1948 and his first post there was followed by a stint as curate at St Mary’s Church in Mirfield.
He became rector at Castleford in 1953 and spent seven years there before moving to take up the post at St Bartholomew’s Church in Meltham.
He was the 14th vicar at Meltham in 334 years and he was to hold the post for 25 years before stepping down in 1985.
He was appointed an honorary Canon at Wakefield Cathedral in 1981 and was also the Rural Dean of Blackmoorfoot since 1979.
He married his wife, Margaret, in 1952 and the couple had two children, Julia and Martin.
He was a keen coin collector, gardener and historian.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 17, at St Bartholomew’s Church, Meltham, at 1pm followed by cremation at Huddersfield at 2.30pm.