Dedicated parish councillor Raynor Booth dies, aged 79

Raynor Booth, a former Ripponden parish councillor, has died, aged 79.

Mr Booth took on the role of parish councillor from his wife, Pauline, when she died in 1987.

He later went on to be a Calderdale councillor and was chairman of governors at Sowerby New Road Primary School.

He died peacefully in hospital on 5 January. He leaves three daughters, Lynne, Lesley and Lisa, as well as seven grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

Lisa said her father was an extremely active member of society and was extremely passionate about his work.

"My mother was originally a parish councillor for Ripponden but when she died, my father took over," she said.

"He was a keen musician and played a major role in Calderdale Youth Drum and Trumpet Corps where he was bandmaster for some years."

Born in Halifax, Mr Booth attended Bradshaw Primary School and Ovenden Secondary School.

He did national service with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and served in Suez, Egypt.

After his service he worked as a mechanic and driver for Hebble Buses, and then Hoover as a technician.

He met Pauline in 1969 and moved to Ripponden to take over the greengrocers, but left there in 1976 to set up a business as an electrician on Elland Road.

His funeral takes place tomorrow at St Bartholomew's Church in Ripponden at 1.30pm.