DURING more than 30 years of teaching at Royds Hall High School, Paddock, Derrick Marshall helped countless students find their artistic flair.
Mr Marshall, of Oakes, died of a stroke. He was 83 and had been ill since early last year.
He began teaching art at Royds Hall in 1950 and eventually became head of art. He retired in 1981.
It was the job at Royds Hall which brought Mr Marshall to Huddersfield.
He was born in Brighton and grew up in County Durham.
He joined the RAF as a pilot in 1941 and served until 1946.
During his service he was a flying instructor and tested the use of radar. He served in many countries, including Canada and the United States, where he trained with the US Air Force.
After he left the RAF, Mr Marshall went to King's College in Newcastle and gained a degree in fine art.
He then took the post at Royds Hall.
His wife, Pamela - who he met at Sunderland Art College - joined him in Huddersfield after their marriage in 1955.
Mrs Marshall said: "Derrick loved Huddersfield because he was interested in engineering and there is a lot of that in this area."
Mr Marshall spent his spare time fixing cars, making spare parts and indulging his interest in steam locomotives.
Mrs Marshall added: "He was a practical man. He was always fixing cars. People used to bring theirs to him if a garage was closed.
"He would fix washing machines, anything. He was always on hand for advice and will be missed.
"He was popular; all his ex-students remembered him and everybody knew him."
Mr Marshall leaves his wife and their four daughters.
He also has a daughter and son from a previous marriage.
Mr Marshall had nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
His funeral will be at 1pm tomorrow at Huddersfield Crematorium, Fixby.