Textile businessman dies aged 82

Charles Fenton
Charles Fenton

Businessman Charles Miller Fenton who served as a governor of Hipperholme Grammar School for 50 years, has died aged 82.

He was a Fellow of the Textile Industry and was awarded an OBE in 1982 for services to the community.

Mr Fenton was born in Cleckheaton and spent his career with the British Belting Company which had its headquarters in the town and which was set up by his great-grandfather. He was managing director between 1970 to 1985 and chairman from 1985 to 1989. The group employed 26,000 when he retired.

During his business career he was also chairman of British Mohair Holdings and a director of Barr & Wallace Arnold Trust.

He had been a council member of The City and Guilds of London Institute who conferred an Honorary Fellowship on him in 1994 in recognition of his outstanding professional contribution to industry and commerce.

He was also involved in many other organisations and was a magistrate in Dewsbury and a former High Sheriff of West Yorkshire.

Mr Fenton lived in Calderdale and died at the Calderdale Royal Hospital. He leaves a son, Nigel.