A LEADING figure in Huddersfield's Pakistani community has died suddenly at the age of 49.
Khadim Hussain, who built up a chain of shops in the town, was taken ill in Pakistan, where he was visiting his mother.
It is believed he had a heart attack.
Mr Hussain was born in a small village in Kashmir and came to England as a youngster in 1967.
After school, he worked in the textile industry before setting up his first grocery shop in Yews Hill Road, Lockwood, in 1982.
Over the next 20 years, he expanded his retailing businesses by opening stores at Blacker Road, Birkby, Bradford Road, Fartown, and Church Street, Paddock.
He also bought other shop premises in Yews Hill Road to rent out to other traders.
Three years ago, Mr Hussain set up a community centre at the former Sunday school in Bentley Street, Lockwood. It was later converted to become the Hanfia mosque.
Mr Hussain, who lived at Thornton Lodge, was chairman of the Sahara Club, a men's group based at Thornton Lodge.
He leaves a widow, Matloot Begum, four sons, Abbad, Majid, Sajid and Wajid, and a daughter, Shazia. He also has four grandchildren.
A ceremony to honour Mr Hussain will be held at 10am on Saturday at the Hanfia mosque.