A WELL-LOVED actor of the stage has sadly passed away.
Derek Haughton, 72, became ill in the dressing room after a performance at Lepton Church last Sunday.
He was taken to hospital but died of an inoperable brain haemorrhage.
His partner Carole Ellis said: “He was such a lively person, very robust and always ready to share a joke.
He was the father to Stuart who is married to Debbie and grandfather to their sons Paul and David. He is also the honorary grandfather to Carole’s grandchildren Zoe and Matthew.
He became close to Mrs Ellis’ daughters Karen and her husband Russ and Joanne and her husband David who now live in Perth, Western Australia.
He and Mrs Ellis had just been on the holiday of a lifetime to Australia to visit her daughter and returned at the end of March.
He was involved with the Wakefield West Riding Operatic Society where he was in countless shows and was one of the founders of The Lamproom Theatre in Barnsley.
Later this year he was due to appear in the Mystery Plays in which Patrick Stewart, chancellor of Huddersfield University, was to provide the voice of God.