Carpet-maker, Nick, dies at the age of 58

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Tributes have been paid to a popular Halifax businessman who has died at the age of 58.

Nick Crossley, who was committed to preserving the family carpet-making tradition, died from cancer on April 25. His funeral was held yesterday at Halifax Minster.

His wife Alex said: “He was determined to keep making carpets for as long as he could. In the end his illness caught up with him.”

She said he was a real family man and loved to go sailing, out on the yachts and had recently learnt how to fly. He had also been a keen skier and loved to cook and be out in the garden. “He never stopped and didn’t waste a second of his life,” said Mrs Crossley of Howcans Lane, in between Boothtown and Queensbury.

Mr Crossley was the eighth generation of carpet makers in Halifax but his career started as a cabinet maker. He used to run Hebble Rugs with his father Jonathan and Halifax-based Avena Carpets.

His company was one of only two that would make Brussels and Wilton carpets. He also provided carpets in America and most recently at the Mansion House in London.

“He made carpets all over the world. In America the business was very difficult to run after the 9/11 and with the recession, but he was very determined and he was actually working until just before he died. He was commuting from Overgate to work,” said Mrs Crossley.

He was also involved in a number of committees and helped to get the gravestones back to Square Chapel, Halifax. He also leaves his two children, Rupert and Lucy.