A MEMORIAL service was held for a "much loved and irreplaceable member" of a school community.
Leslie Slater contributed to the running of Rastrick Independent School since it opened in 1994.
He was a governor, president of the Friends Association and premises manager.
The service was held at the school on what would have been Mr Slater's 80th birthday. He died in October last year.
A memorial stone was unveiled in the grounds and a bench was provided by the teachers.
Headteacher Susan Vaughey said: "Leslie Slater was at the very heart of our school, its ethos and its daily life. Words cannot express the loss we all feel.
"We miss his presence, his ready smile, never a frown, his sense of humour, his love of the school and all of us miss his support. He would do anything for anyone.
"He left us such wonderful memories of all the years we all spent together. We will never forget him or the influence he had on all our lives.
"He was the true light of the school. That will never be extinguished."
The memorial stone and bench was unveiled by Liz Green, of Radio Leeds, who is a director of the school.
She said: "Leslie Slater was a father and friend to everyone at this school. He loved the children and took enormous pride in their achievements and daily progress."
The service was conducted by the Rev Terry Swinhoe, the school chaplain.
Children took part in a candle-lit procession and singing designed to reflect Mr Slater's favourite songs and interests.
Following the closing prayers and music there was a supper for the adults.