Mourners gather to remember Scientific Society president

Colin Duke, Ecologist shows frog spawn, at Cromwell Bottom.
Colin Duke, Ecologist shows frog spawn, at Cromwell Bottom.
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The president of the Halifax Scientific Society has died, aged 60.

Colin Duke’s funeral was held on Monday at Clare Road Chapel of Rest in Halifax and Park Road Crematorium, Elland.

He lived in Sowerby but was originally from Sowerby Bridge.

He was president of Halifax Scientific Society and had been chairman for 10 years.

Colin was also a regular volunteer with Calderdale Countryside Service, after the mill, Bowers Mill at Barkisland, where he was a weaver over looker, closed down in the 1980s. His wildlife expertise often provided insight into articles on nature and wildlife in the Courier.

Steve Blacksmith, chairman of the Halifax Scientific Society, said: “He was part of a long tradition of industrial workers in the West Riding studying natural history or geology, which in Colin’s case led to a Bsc (Hons) in ecology.

“His enthusiasm for Calderdale and his love of nature were boundless and his knowledge, always happily imparted, was immense.

“He will be greatly missed,” Steve added.