A FORMER Huddersfield magistrate and councillor has died.

Mr Granville Whiteley, of Houghton Bungalows, Almondbury, died suddenly at the age of 77.

He was born near Holmfirth, but spent most of his life in Almondbury.

Mr Whiteley worked at Brook Motors as an engine checker, before moving into insurance and finally finance.

He retired from his job as manager of London Scottish Bank in St George's Square.

It was through his political interests that he met his wife, Barbara. Both were members of the Labour League of Youth.

"He was secretary and treasurer and was very organised. We used to go away every weekend, hiking in the Dales," said Mrs Whiteley.

He also served on the executive committee of Huddersfield Central Labour Party and East Divisional Labour Party and was a member of the National Union of Life Assurance Workers.

In 1960 he was appointed a magistrate, becoming chairman of the licensing committee - despite being a virtual teetotaller.

"He always thought it was funny that someone who rarely drank got to go around all the pubs," said Mrs Whiteley.

Photography was one of his great loves and he also used to edit his own video films.

"He was a very good man and loving husband and father will be missed very much," said Mrs Whiteley.

His funeral will be at noon tomorrow at Huddersfield Crematorium.

He leaves a wife, three children and four grandchildren.