ONE of Huddersfield’s first mobile disc jockeys, Malcolm Schofield, has died.
He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 22 in Tenerife.
He was born on June 13, 1950 to Mary and John Schofield, and had a happy childhood living in Paddock and attended Royds Hall School until he was 15.
He left in 1965 and started work as an apprentice painter and decorator.
His outgoing personality and love of music found him looking for additional work in the entertainment industry and on Boxing Day, 1968, he did his first disco working for local company Dandelion Discos.
He learned and honed his trade and after a couple of years ended up buying the business from the previous owner and setting up his own enterprise, Malcolm’s Roadshow Discos.
The business grew over the years and he ended up employing another eight disc jockeys to satisfy the very high demand for DJs during the 70s and 80s.
Over the years, Malcolm could be found working at all the most popular venues in the area as well as undertaking many private functions, and as such became very well known as an all-round entertainer as well as just a disc jockey, gaining the admiration and respect of the public as well as fellow DJs.
At one time he became the compère at Oldham Civic Theatre working with many famous entertainers including Ken Dodd, Frankie Vaughan, Vince Hill and the Nolan Sisters, his favourite girl band.
From 1979 to 1985 he became chairman of the West Yorkshire Association of Disc Jockeys and during his chairmanship participated in many fundraising and charity events in the area.
In 1987 he obtained the position of Senior Lecturer in Painting and Decorating at Poole and Bournemouth College, a post held for more than 20 years before undertaking a similar position at Salisbury College.
During this period he regularly returned to Huddersfield to visit family and friends and also undertake various DJ assignments.
Malcolm retired in 2010 and shared his time between his apartment in Tenerife and visits back home to his beloved Yorkshire.
He did his last disco in September 2012 at the Java Bar, Los Cristianos, Tenerife, making a total of 44 years in the entertainment industry.
He is survived by his two daughters, Tiffany and Kelly, granddaughter Bethany Kate, and his two brothers, Brian and David.
A celebration of his life will be held at Quarmby Spiritualist Church, Harp Road on Friday, February 1, at 2pm which will be followed by a memorial disco at Broad Oak Bowling Club, Linthwaite.