A MAGICIAN and charity fundraiser has died.
Philip Hunt, 86, of Wooldale, passed away on December 19 after a battle with a long-term illness.
Born at Crowedge, near Barnsley, Mr Hunt moved to Holme Valley when he married his late wife Barbara in 1944.
Mr Hunt worked as a bus conductor for Baddeleys on the Holmfirth to Penistone route before taking a job at David Brown Tractors.
A keen amateur magician, Mr Hunt would entertain at children’s parties and spend much of his spare time perfecting his tricks.
Mr Hunt, a grandfather of five and a great-grandfather, joined the Holmfirth Committee for MacMillan Cancer Support in 1970.
In 2000 he was awarded the Chairman’s Medal for 30 years’ service on the committee which has raised £1m since it started.
He would regularly collect for the charity at supermarkets, craft fairs and other local events.
The committee helped organise Holmfirth Art Week and Mr Hunt would help on the door and entertain queuing visitors with his magic tricks.
An expert at the traditional art of corn dolly making, Philip would teach the skill for the University of the Third Age at Greenhead College.
He also helped organise Wooldale Old People’s treat.
Gerry Beamond, a friend and fellow member of the Holmfirth MacMillan Committee, said: “He was a popular man who could entertain and amuse in equal measure.
“Philip Hunt was an irrepressible man who used his time for the benefit of others.”
Mr Hunt was cremated at Huddersfield Crematorium on December 29.
He leaves two children, Stuart and Sheila.