A MAN who dispensed justice in Huddersfield for more than three decades has died aged 83.
Malcolm Pearson, who was born in 1925, was a magistrate in the town for 35 years, retiring at 70.
His particular interest was in helping young people and he became chairman of the Juvenile Court in 1985.
Five years later he began a term as chairman of the Bench in Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court.
Mr Pearson had hoped to go to Manchester University, but he was called up for National Service and became a captain in the Royal Army Service Corps, serving in Germany following the Second World.
When he returned home he was articled to Thosby and Sons, an accountancy firm in Bradford.
He then moved to the giant L B Hollidays chemical firm on Leeds Road at Deighton, where he eventually became financial director.
Mr Pearson had a lifelong love of music and sang in the choir at St Paul’s Church, Huddersfield, which is now part of the university.
He was a keen pianist and supported the local Scouts by playing music for their Gang Shows. Later he was president of Gledholt Male Voice Choir.
Mr Pearson was also closely involved with the United Reformed Church in Huddersfield and Halifax and served throughout the Yorkshire Synod.
He was an elder, treasurer and choir member at Highfield Congregational Church over many years.
He and his wife, Gwen, had three sons. His funeral was last Friday.