He was a man who lived life to help others.
Former Huddersfield Examiner features editor Ron Massey, who died at the age of 90, was regarded as a doyen of the brass band world.
But he was also a man who did an enormous amount of work for the community in Huddersfield and for charity.
He was the driving force behind the massively-successful 1000 Voices charity concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, bringing together choirs and bands for a series of charity concerts that raised a staggering £156,000 for Yorkshire cancer research.
And he also raised many thousands of pounds with a series of concerts for a major heart appeal in Huddersfield.
For many years he and his wife Kathleen lived in Paddock and Mr Massey was instrumental in setting up the Paddock Village Hall. He also did a lot of work for local pensioners and for the local Scout group.
He twice stood as a Liberal candidate for the former Huddersfield Borough Council but was unsuccessful..
Mr Massey was born in Marsden and it was there that he had his first brush with the brass band world, playing euphonium.
He left school at 14 and began a printing apprenticeship at Greens in Slaithwaite. He later worked as a linotype operator at Halsteads, in Milnsbridge, and Advertiser Press in Huddersfield before taking up a post at the Halifax Courier.
He then moved to the Examiner’s Ramsden Street offices and made the switch to journalism, joining the sub editors’ department in 1963. He moved into the features department and specialised in music and the arts.
Mr Massey retired at 60 but continued working as a brass band journalist. He completed 35 years writing for an international brand band magazine and more than 20 years for a Swiss brass publication. He continued to edit the magazine for Colne Valley Male Voice Choir, where he is a vice-president and only last month completed a centenary booklet for Marsden Band.
He and his wife married at St Mark’s Church, Longwood, in 1948, having met as children. They have two sons, Paul and Martin, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.