David Simpson, who has died aged 84, was a leading figure in Huddersfield’s business community for many years.
A senior partner at chartered accountancy firm Simpson Wood, he also held directorships with a number of local companies as well as being involved in education, sport and the voluntary sector.
David Broadhead Simpson qualified as a chartered accountant in 1953. In becoming senior partner at Simpson Wood in Market Street, he was following in the footsteps of his father, Mr H L Simpson,
David Simpson retired from the firm in September, 1994, although he continued his own consultancy up until the week of his death.
During a long career, he was a president of Huddersfield Chartered Accountants, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and an associate member of the Institute of Taxation.
A founder member and past president of Huddersfield Junior Chamber of Commerce, he was also a past member of Huddersfield Round Table and 41 Club.
Mr Simpson was a member and trustee of Huddersfield YMCA since 1947 and served as its president in 1981. Among his other activities, he was a governor of Bretton Hall College from 1989 to 2002 and was chairman of the local advisory committee of Nuffield Hospital until the committee disbanded. He served on the Kirklees Area Health Authority and was its vice-chairman for two years up to the reorganisation in 1981.
In the field of charity work, he was a past chairman of J Louis Brook Homes and a trustee of the H P Dugdale Foundation, a charity set up in 1961 to help needy people in the Huddersfield area.
Among his company directorships, Mr Simpson was a director of Hepworth plc and its finance director from 1973 to 1985. He was chairman and director of Somerfield Pension Trustees Ltd and held similar posts with Roberts Castings Ltd and Greenhead Books Ltd. He was also a director of Highfield Industrial Holdings Ltd.
Mr Simpson also found time for his hobbies of fishing, philately and collecting “antique” model railways.
Giles Cliffe, partner at Simpson Wood, said Mr Simpson exhibited “love and enthusiasm” in everything he did.
Said Mr Cliffe: “Something that indicated the sort of man he was is the fact that whilst he supposedly retired in 1994, he continued his own consultancy until the week of his death almost 20 years later – although in recent years he had started to take Thursdays off!
“He also took great interest in cricket matters and always followed the fortunes of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.”
Mr Simpson, who lived at Meltham, leaves a wife, Barbara, children Andrew and Clare and three grandchildren.
His funeral takes place today (TUES, AUG 5) at 11.15am at Huddersfield Crematorium.