Tribute to fireplace firm founder

Colin Maude who died peacefully at his Southowram home at the age of 87, pictured with his wife Doreen
Colin Maude who died peacefully at his Southowram home at the age of 87, pictured with his wife Doreen

A prominent Halifax businessman has died at the age of 87.

Colin Stuart Maude, of Maude Heating, Horton Street, Halifax, died peacefully at home on March 12.

Pellon-born Mr Maude successfully ran the family-run business for decades after setting the business up from his home in 1967. After an environmental effort to make Halifax a less polluted town, Colin built more environmentally friendly fireplaces from his back garden in Southowram where he lived with his wife and children for more than 50 years.

Business demand meant he could move to the Horton Street premises and he steadily expanded this as he acquired adjoining properties.

Mr Maude’s two son-in-laws David Reynolds and Martin Bowling now run the business along with their wives and grandson Sam.

Mr Maude still played an active role in the running of the business up until his death.

A young Colin started adult life in the British Army when he joined the service at just 18. He went on to spend four years in Egypt and Palestine.

Colin met his future wife Doreen over a dance at the former Alexander Hall, Halifax, and his love for Doreen and dance was born.

The loving couple wed at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge, in 1952 and over the coming years their daughters Julie and Angela were born. The husband and wife have enjoyed family time with their six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Mr Maude also enjoyed spending time in the garden and spending quality time with his wife in their static caravan sited at Anglesey, Wales, where they have holidayed with their family for 25-years.

The funeral of Colin Maude will be held at Halifax Chapel of Repose, Clare Road, at 2.15pm, on March 24, followed by a cremation at Park Wood, Elland at 3pm.