After a life in textiles, Glyn dies in Peru

Glyn Smith: 'best pal'
Glyn Smith: 'best pal'

A HALIFAX man who worked all over the world died from a heart attack while on holiday in Peru.

Glyn Smith, 67, had lived in the South American country in the 1980s and 90s until he returned to Calderdale.

He bought the Murgatroyd Arms pub, Halifax, in 1999 and sold it three years later.

Mr Smith attended Trinity School and Heath Grammar before studying textiles at Percival Whitley College.

His life in textiles started at John Foster’s, Queensbury, and later John Haggas, of Keighley, where he met his late wife, Margaret.

He was a production manager and head of quality control and left to set up Comber International in Ireland.

During his career he visited many countries and moved to Peru when he got a job as a technical manager in the alpaca industry and became respected worldwide for his contribution to the trade.

While on his last holiday in Arequipa, Peru, he was interviewed for the Alpaca Monthly News and said it was difficult to retire.

He said: “When you’ve spent your working life in the trade it’s impossible to drop everything just because you reach 65.”

While living in Peru he was interviewed for the BBC’s Jeff Banks Clothes Show which was featuring alpaca.

He leaves daughters Annette Lee, Deborah Craven, son Glyn Smith junior and grandsons Jack Smith, eight, Oscar Lee, seven, Max Smith, five, and Charlie Lee, five.

His son, also in the textile trade, was in Peru on business and with his father shortly before his death.

Daughter Annette said he now wished he’d stayed longer but nobody knew what would happen and her father had no history of heart trouble.

“He was his son and best pal and he is really sad,” she said.

Mr Smith’s body has been returned to the UK and the funeral has yet to be arranged.