Funeral boss turned farmer passes away

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A well-respected former funeral director and cattle breeder passed away in the run-up to Christmas.

Gordon Lawrence died peacefully at his home on December 19, aged 80. He leaves behind his wife Susan, children Simon, Fiona, Matthew and Rebecca, and seven grandchildren.

On leaving school at 17, Gordon had joined his family’s funeral business J Lawrence and Son, as the fourth generation to serve Halifax.

Gordon became one of the area’s most qualified funeral directors, before selling the business in 1988 to the Great Southern Group. He then moved to the hills above Hebden Bridge to breed highland cattle.

Gordon was well respected in Hebden Bridge and had been invited on to many committees and charities. He was heavily involved in the Halifax Agricultural Show for many years, and was always putting back into the community.

Gordon was always quick to support worthy causes and was involved in one of the first bereavement organisations as a founder member of the Calderdale Help in Bereavement (CHIBS).

After retiring from farming, he moved back to Halifax to enjoy watching his children and grandchildren grow up. A keen traveller, he and Susan went on various cruises in retirement.

Gordon’s funeral service will be held at St Jude’s church in Halifax. His ashes will be scattered in the millennium garden he created near his farm.