Tributes to dairy boss and preacher Harry

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Tributes have been paid after the death of a well known and respected figure in the dairy industry and Methodism.

Harry Travis, of Ripponden, died aged 93. Born in Oldham, Mr Travis left school at 14 and worked as a parcel boy on Oldham Corporation Buses, a job which his family say he remembered with great affection.

After being rejected from the army on medical grounds, Mr Travis began work in Trafford Park assembling Willis Jeeps.

After the war, he worked as a sales representative for Chadwicks of Bury, selling supplies to farmers who produced and bottled milk.

In 1951, Mr Travis married Sheila Longbottom and set up home in Middleton, Manchester. Then in 1954 Harry set up his own business in competition with Chadwicks and met with success. His customer base was in Yorkshire rather than Lancashire and so in 1960 he moved home and business to Rishworth, then eventually to Ripponden.

Mr Travis was a lifelong Methodist and preacher for more than 50 years. His funeral was taking place at 3pm today at Stones Methodist Church, Ripponden.

He leaves his wife Sheila, sons John and Mark, and daughter Ruth.