Courier man, Chris Dent, dies aged 66

Chris Dent with his wife Sue.
Chris Dent with his wife Sue.

Well-known Bradshaw village resident and former Halifax Courier employee Christopher Dent has died at the age of 66.

Chris, as he was known to family and friends, was born at the California Post office on Hanson Lane in Halifax in December 1946.

His mother and father Norman and Myrtle were postmaster and mistress and Chris was educated at St Augustine’s and Kayes College in Huddersfield His brother Ian was born seven years later. The family moved to Bradshaw in 1966 which began a life long association with the valley and its inhabitants .He was proud to call himself a village resident and has lived there ever since.

Chris always had a great love of the world of printing and journalism. He joined the Halifax Evening Courier in the composing room typesetting the pages in 1961. This was the start of a long association with the paper which he was proud to serve. Having left for a few years to join the family construction firm he was delighted after the winter of 1976 to be asked to rejoin the newspaper retraining as a journalist, a district reporter for Denholme and later as a sub editor. He was delighted to come back in out of the cold . He retired through ill health in 2007

Chris had an incredible knowledge of words and local history and was perfectly suited to his role as motoring correspondent where his lifelong passion for landrovers and 4 x 4 s took him all over Europe but was put to good use in the wintry terrain of Bradshaw.

Chris met Susan his wife of more than 40 years when their families were caravanning in Addingham and indeed their love of the outdoors life took them the length and breadth of Britain in the years that followed with their children Alison and Graham, even if it did take them 17 hours to travel to Cornwall and Devon in their trusty family Landrover (very proud of his soft top version).

Above all Christopher was known for his wide knowledge of history and local happenings and people. His story telling was legendary. He often used to step in to help his friends Ida and Norman behind the bar of the Bradshaw Tavern in the hey days of the Bradshaw Folk Club, the Bradshaw Groundhogs and the Bradshaw Cricket Club.

His widow Susan said, “We will all miss him for his love of the English language his knowledge of history and his sense of fun. If ever I needed to know the answer to a question no matter how obscure Chris would have the facts at his finger tips and indeed our friend Sue said she could listen to him all night so great was his passion for words and facts”.

Family friend Christa Ackroyd said “Chris was at the heart of Bradshaw for so many years and a man of many talents. Above all Chris was a one off. Eccentric, with strong beliefs a wicked sense of humour and an orator. “Chris was also a proud member of the Ionic Spring Bank Lodge in Bradford where he was proud to hold a number of senior positions.

Christopher leaves a widow Susan, daughter Alison, son Graham, being the proud grandfather of Elsie-May, Lily, Caitlin, Archie and Molly.

Funeral arrangements to follow.