Tributes for lover of nature

Paul Stewart
Paul Stewart

Tributes have been paid to a family man with a love of the countryside and passion for antiques.

Paul Stewart, 64, died on October 7 following a long battle with lung cancer.

He left behind wife Pat and daughters Paula, 32 and Petra, 28.

Paul’s life spurred an impressive career working amongst the live department at Bankfield Museum before becoming a conservation officer for the development and preservation of West Yorkshire’s nature where he worked on the preservation of badger sites and protection of badgers across Calderdale as well as being a member of the Badger Trust.

In his spare time Paul, who grew up in Pellon before going on to live in Barkisland for 40 years, bought and sold antiques and carried out presidential roles for the Halifax Scientific Society. He also had a keen interest in Geology.

On retirement, Paul developed three acres of land surrounding his home using his skills of dry stone walling, landscaping and tree planting.

Throughout his life he was dedicated to wildlife and particularly enjoyed watching the wagtails, small owl and swallows that visited his home. At Overgate Hospice, where he spent his final days, there too did he enjoy watching over the gardens and wildlife.

Paul’s funeral took place on Monday, October 21, at Park Wood Crematorium, Elland. Donations were made to the World Wildlife Fund.