ONE of Huddersfield’s most prolific builders during the 1960s, 70s and 80s has died.
Roy Brook, 82, passed away at Cleveland House care home on January 16, following a battle with bone cancer.
Born in Fartown, Mr Brook trained as a joiner before he was conscripted for national service on the Suez Canal, Egypt following World War Two. On his return he married Gina in 1954 with whom he had two sons, Cameron and Darrell.
He worked as a carpenter before he began to purchase plots of land on which to build and sell houses.
Mr Brook began by building a few houses and bungalows on Plover Road and Victoria Street, Lindley before he moved on to his first major project in Deighton.
In the mid-1960s he designed and built about 50 affordable houses around Warrenside, Deighton, to meet the area’s housing shortage. He designed and built approximately 30 houses in the Highcliffe Avenue area of Cowcliffe, as well as large numbers of houses near Salendine Nook High School and the Bank End Lane area of Almondbury.
Mr Brook’s houses were thought to be the first of their size in Huddersfield to feature downstairs toilets.
In Cowlersley, he built approximately 50 houses and bungalows in the Avison Road area.
In the 1970s, he joined the Netherton Consortium which built larger detached homes on the Netherton Moor estate during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
In the early 1980s Mr Brook bought land in the Grimescar Valley and went on to build about 20 large detached homes.
After his first wife, Gina, died in 1986 from cancer, Mr Brook went into semi-retirement working as an advisor on large developments including the Storthes Hall university campus.
He also designed an alternative plan to the Kingsgate Centre and a ‘Town and Gown’ bridge linking Huddersfield town centre to the university campus.
Mr Brook invested in Fartown RLFC and went to see the Olympic Games in Munich, Seoul and Sydney.
Aged 81, he married his partner of eight years, Anne Wood, at St Stephen’s Church, Lindley, last February.
Mr Brook leaves two sons, two grandchildren and Anne’s three sons.
A funeral service will be held at St Stephen’s Church, Lindley on January 28 (12pm). His sons request family flowers only and donations to be made in lieu to Cancer Research and Barnardo’s.