Former Mayor of Calderdale Joe Kneafsey, dies aged 74

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Irishman Joe Kneafsey who put down roots in Halifax and rose to become Mayor of Calderdale in 1989/90 has died aged 74.

Mr Kneafsey was born at Swinford, Co Mayo, and was one of the driving forces behind the two districts becoming twinned.

He was first elected as Labour councillor in 1978.

He joined family in Halifax when aged 19 and became a bus conductor and eventually chief inspector for Yorkshire Rider.

Mr Kneafsey also had business interests. He and his wife, Bernadette, converted the family home at Pellon into the Valley View care home.

They were well known at King Cross as they once ran a corner shop at Fenton Road.

Mr Kneafsey also leaves children Michael, Mary and Kevin, and seven grandchildren.

“He had a good life which he lived to the full,” said Michael.

“He was very generous and kind-hearted and could share an opinion on a variety of subjects. He was very proud of his Irish roots and of Calderdale.”

Mr Kneafsey had been struggling with a chest problem but died suddenly at his home at Pellon.

His funeral takes place at St Columba’s Church, Pellon, on Monday at 11 am.