Tributes to Halifax businessman

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A family has paid tribute to a renowned Halifax car dealer after he died this week.

Geoffrey Windle, founder of Mount Garage, died in his sleep at his home in Midgley at the age of 91.

Mr Windle lived in Calderdale all his life, spending his formative years in Highroad Well and Norton Tower, before making his home in Midgley in 1976.

A former pupil of Halifax Technical College, Mr Windle was stationed in Cornwall during World War Two, where he looked after Italian prisoners of war.

After the war he went on to work at the family builders business, A Windle and Sons at Thrum Hall.

He then moved to East Yorkshire, where he developed a passion for animals and looked after machinery, and in 1949 began operating his business in Halifax.

Mr Windle bought premises at 354 Pellon Lane and opened a repair garage and installed a filling station. Then in the early 1960s, he acquired more land for a small show room at Pellon New Road, which was then extended in 1964.

In 1965, he became the operator of one of the first Volvo franchises in the country, which ran from Pellon New Road until 1991.

He then bought a new, purpose built, building for the Volvo showroom at New Bond Street in Halifax and later acquired a Hyundai franchise, before retiring in 1995.

His son Simon, who ran the business with his father. said he prided himself on providing a family service and the business still runs as such today.

Simon said: “He was immensely proud of what he had built up and for serving the people of Halifax.”

Mr Windle was the president of the Halifax Motor Agents’ Association a number of times and was a lifelong fan of Halifax Rugby League Club.

He leaves son Simon, companion Angela, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

His funeral will be held at St Mary’s Church, Luddenden, on Tuesday, December 1 at 1.45pm, followed by a committal at Park Wood Crematorium, Elland.