TRIBUTES have been paid to a fiercely independent Halifax businesswoman.
Dorothy Baines, who died aged 92, was a former secretary of Halifax Chamber of Trade and later the regional chairwoman.
She met her husband Denis while they were students at Warley Road school, Halifax. They married in 1946 at St John’s Church, Warley, Halifax.
The couple, who shared the same birthday, had their son Andrew on their wedding anniversary.
They continued to live in Highroad Well, Halifax.
In 1970 she joined her husband as director of A Lewin and Co. Ltd. on Sunderland Street in the town.
Their son Andrew, then 21, joined them on the directors’ board at the electrical contractors.
Denis had started as an apprentice at the firm in 1934.
That led to her joining Halifax Chamber of Trade.
Mrs Baines became the third woman president of the Halifax chamber when she was elected in April 1980.
“She was proud of her town and just wanted to promote it,” said her daughter-in-law Jean.
When she stepped from the position of vice-president of the West Yorkshire Council of the National Chamber of Trade, she became the first Halifax chairman and only the third woman to hold the post in 75 years.
In 1991 she was made an honorary member of the Halifax branch.
Jean said: “As somebody said to me this week, she was a very private and independent person, in all respects.”
Mrs Baines had two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Her funeral will take place at St John’s Church, Warley, on March 10 at 11am.
It will be followed by cremation at Park Wood Crematorium, Elland.