A FORMER president of Hinchliffe Mill Brass Band has died.
Keith Pearson played trombone for the band and was proud to become their president.
Mr Pearson died last Wednesday aged 76.
He had dementia and spent the last weeks of his life at the stroke unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital.
Mr Pearson leaves behind beloved wife Rita, children Gill and Richard and grandchildren James, Guy, Eden, Kate and Genevieve.
Richard Pearson described his dad as a gentle man with a witty sense of humour, saying: “He was always patient, kind, understanding and a good listener. Keith loved life and lived it to the full.”
Mr Pearson was brought up in Holmbridge and lived in Wooldale.
A former Holme Valley Grammar School pupil, he spent his National Service in the RAF before beginning a 39-year career for the Hepworth Pipe Company where he worked his way up to Personnel Director.
He was Chairman of the West Yorkshire branch of the Institute of Clay Technology and a member of the New Mill Probus club.
He was a big Huddersfield Town and Yorkshire County Cricket fan.
His funeral will take place at New Mill Church on April 1 with donations to the Alzheimer’s Society and church.