A Calder Valley artist who had a life-long association with St Michael’s Parish Church, Mytholmroyd, has died aged 82.
Donald Crossley lived in the village where he was brought up a few doors away from his good friend and former poet laureate Ted Hughes.
Their early years spent in the area gave both men inspiration for their future - words for the poet and watercolours for the artist.
Mr Crossley had a special affection for the Pennine landscape for which he said had its own special quality of light.
But, he also won praise for paintings capturing scenes from the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District.
He worked as a maintenance engineer at Caldene Clothing and was a member of the choir at St Michael’s Church, Mytholmroyd.
His other interests included music, mountaineering and running.
Hebden Royd town councillor Scott Trickett paid him tribute and said: “I have known Donald for a few years and he was one of the most ‘genuine’ and nice people I have met. He would always have a joke with you and go out of his way to help people out. He was passionate about his community and church.”
Mr Crossley leaves his wife, Hilary, daughter Ruth, and two grandchildren. His funeral is on February 6, 1.30 pm, at St Michael’s Church.