Stalwart died in ‘tragic accident’

Maurice Mead
Maurice Mead

Tributes have been paid to a stalwart of Sowerby Bridge FC and recognisable figure in amateur football throughout Calderdale.

Maurice Mead, had over 60 years of experience playing and coaching amateur soccer, but died on November 15, 2013 when he drowned in the River Calder in Brighouse, an inquest heard.

Son Paul said he did so much to develop football in the town and is sadly missed by family and players alike.

Mr Mead, 86, a former mill worker, was found by the weir close to Anchor Place.

At Halifax Coroners Court, the inquest heard how Mr Mead, had been suffering from an infection and was admitted to hospital on November 4 after being found confused.

His son Paul decided that he would look after his dad at his home in Brighouse as he was still suffering from the infection.

During the night Paul Mead said he had woken up in the night and found his dad was not in bed and the house door open and immediately called the police.

When officers searched the river banking they found a walking stick, one that matched another at Paul Mead’s home.

They later discovered a body face down in the water.

Coroner Oliver Longstaff recorded an accidental death verdict.

He said what had happened to Mr Mead was a tragic accident.