THE grandmother of a missing Huddersfield man has died without ever knowing what happened to him.
Elsie Mosley, from Brockholes, had passed away without knowing the fate of Steven Cooper, who vanished after leaving his Golcar home and driving to Scotland last year.
The 91-year-old died from old age at Aden View Nursing Home, Primrose Hill, on March 18.
Trish said: "Steve used to go and see her with his son, Nathan, every Tuesday. She was a lovely woman who was always baking. It was great going to grandma’s and taking it in turns to eat.
"Her kids and her grand-kids were her life."
Steven last saw his grandmother at her 90th birthday party in December 2007, a month before he disappeared.
The family have also revealed that a second auction will be held to boost the charities which helped look for him.
Steven was last seen on January 21 last year when he left his home at Scar Lane in Golcar and drove up to a desolate area of Scotland after celebrating his 47th birthday.
There have been no confirmed sightings of the father-of-one and repeated appeals for information have all drawn a blank.
Trish remains hopeful Steven will be found alive as the agony goes on for his family.
His Ford Focus was found near the village of Moy in northern Scotland six days after he vanished. A huge search failed to find him and posters have since been put up around Glasgow and other parts of Scotland about his disappearance.
Trish is still hopeful Steven is alive. She said: "I have good days and bad days – I really don’t know whether or not he’s still with us.
"The police have not closed the case, but they are no longer looking for him. There’s a belief that he’s in Loch Laggan. If we could find some evidence, like some clothing, then we could start to grieve properly.
"With our grandma we’ve got some ashes that we can scatter, but all we have for Steve is a roadside and a loch that the police think he’s in."
Steven’s family has raised more than £5,000 for three charities which have helped in the search – Missing People, Cairngorm Mountain Search and Rescue and The Rescue Dog Association.
Trish is organising an auction at New Mill Club on June 13 to raise more cash. Manchester United, Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday are among the football clubs to have donated signed memorabilia.
Huddersfield Town and Huddersfield Giants have yet to respond to Trish’s letter asking for help.
She said: "It would be great if we could get a signed Town shirt because it would help us sell tickets."
Castleford band Broken Angels will perform for free at the event.
To buy a £7 ticket, or to donate an item for auction, email ttc68@ hotmail.com