ONE of Huddersfield’s most well-known stockbrokers has died.

Mr Les Baxter, who was 69, was still working in his office at The Media Centre at the time of his death.

Mr Baxter, of Newsome, had spent most of his working life in the financial industry.

He was brought up in Lowerhouses and went to King James’ School, Almondbury.

On leaving he got a job at the former John Quarmby beermat factory in Milnsbridge but quickly realised it was not for him.

He joined the Huddersfield stockbroking firm of Robert Ramsden and Co as an office junior in the 1960s and rose through the ranks to eventually become a partner in the business.

Mr Baxter became a member of the London Stock Exchange in 1972.

The company was bought out in the 1980s and became Capel Cure Myers.

Mr Baxter spent many years working with one of his children, Carl.

He and his wife Margaret also had two more sons, Richard and Simon, and three grandchildren – Lillie, Poppy and Jessica.

For many years, he was a football referee, officiating at games in the Huddersfield District League.

Mr Baxter was a Freemason.

His funeral service takes place on Thursday, November 29, at St John’s Church, Newsome, at 10.30am. An address will be given by Huddersfield Giants owner Ken Davy, a close friend and colleague.