Jeffrey Berriman, who ran local pubs for more than 30 years, has died at Ingwood Nursing Home, Greetland, aged 85.
He and his late wife, Trudy, met while he was bar manager at the Old Cock Hotel, Halifax.
His first pub was the Wharf, Sowerby Bridge, but the couple are best known from their time at The Shakespeare Hotel, Horton Street, Halifax.
They had two spells at the pub totalling 15 years and left in 1985.
Mr Berriman then became the steward at the Halifax Police Club until 1989 when he retired.
He still kept busy in the trade helping out at the Victoria Hotel/Gladstones, Horton Street.
Mr Berriman leaves a son, Craig, of Holywell Green, and three grandchildren, Kayleigh, Megan and Taylor.
Craig said his dad was a straight-talking and hard-working Yorkshireman.
“He used to say ‘hard graft reaps rewards’ and never took a holiday. He was a hugely respected landlord who won ‘Pub of the Year’ on a few occasions.
“Many people said he kept the best pint in town.”
Mr Berriman was born in Huddersfield and was an apprentice at David Brown Tractors and worked on the railways before entering the pub industry.
His funeral is on Wednesday at noon at Park Wood, Elland, and the cortege will pass the Shakespeare at 11.45 am.