HAROLD Howe, who has died aged 83, was a hairdresser and Elland councillor well-known in the Huddersfield and Halifax areas.
He was a Liberal councillor on Elland Urban Council from 1961 to 1974.
He chaired the council in 1971-72 and was also chairman of its planning and development committee.
Mr Howe was chairman of Sowerby Liberal Association and a trustee of Greetland Methodist Church.
For many years, Mr Howe ran a hairdresser's shop in Halifax.
He later moved to Dundas Street in Huddersfield, to work with barber Harold Kaye.
Mr Howe served in the RAF during the Second World War.
In 1949, he married his wife, Barbara, who had a grocery shop in Greetland. Mrs Howe died in 1993.
In 1990, Mr Howe was treated for bowel and bladder cancer at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
He had to have two operations to remove part of his bowel and then his bladder.
He made a good recovery and often returned to the hospital to reassure patients who were nervous about having an operation.
His experiences featured in the Examiner in July, 1994, in an article highlighting the work of the hospital's cancer unit.
Mr Howe lived at Greetland for 35 years, but moved to Lindley 10 years ago.
Before retiring, he gave up hairdressing and worked as a driver for the then Huddersfield Polytechnic.
Mr Howe leaves a daughter, Joan, and a grand- daughter, Kathryn.
His funeral takes place at 12.30pm on Friday at Greetland Methodist Church.
It will be followed by cremation at Parkwood Crematorium, Elland, at 1.30pm.