Obit: Frank Murgatroyd, aged 97

Frank Murgatroyd

Frank Murgatroyd

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A veteran botanist and long-standing member of the Halifax Scientific Society has died aged 97.

Frank Murgatroyd, of Sowerby Bridge, had a life-long interest in botany and local history.

He worked as a parks superintendent in Halifax and later became warden at North Dean Wood, Greetland.

Mr Murgatroyd gave talks to local clubs about Halifax’s distinguished naturalists and local history.

During the second world war Mr Murgatroyd served with the Black Watch and Royal Navy.

His granddaughter Nicola Evans said he loved hiking in the Austrian mountains.

“He was very knowledgeable and helpful,” she said.

“You could take him a leaf or a twig and he would know what it was from and you could ask him about buildings and places.”

He leaves a daughter, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

A funeral service takes place at Melia’s Chapel of Rest, Halifax, on April 8, 10.15 am, followed by cremation at Park Wood, Elland.