Tributes for Reuben

Reuben Holroyd
Reuben Holroyd

Tributes have poured in for a Halifax businessman and scout leader, who was “a good role model for young people”.

Reuben Holroyd died peacefully at the age of 83 on Wednesday, February 11.

Mr Holroyd, who retired at 79-years-old, founded the former printing company Reuben Holroyd Limited, which later traded as Reuben Holroyd, Halifax, in 1959 when he returned from Korea after serving in the army.

He was conscripted into the army at 21 and served “two exciting years” in the Signal Platoon of the 1st Battalion Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in the Korean War and was discharged from the regular army in 1954 when he continued working part-time military service in the Territorial Army until he was finally discharged in 1958.

In 1979, Mr Holroyd became an active member of the British Korean Veteran’s Association and become the publisher, honorary assistant editor and editor of ‘Morning Calm’ - the national journal of the association from 1980 to 2014.

His son Mark described Mr Holroyd as a “fair, wise, decisive, unfailingly courteous and patient man with a dry sense of humour that enabled him to be a good role model for the young people he lead as a scout leader.

“He was greatly respected and admired by the many people whose lives he touched,” Mark added.

Mr Holroyd was a lifelong member of the Scout Movement and he was a scout leader in Sowerby Bridge for 42-years, beginning at the 24th Tuel Lane Scout Group but he was particularly associated with the 12th Halifax Sea Scout Group based at Sowerby Bridge Canal Basin.

As a well known community figure, Mr Holroyd was awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to sea scouting in 1989.

He was also recognised in 2012 for his “outstanding service to local, national and international communities” and was awarded the Presidential Community Citation by the Rotary Club of Halifax, as well as the Scout Association’s Medal of Merit and the Long Service Decoration - receiving bars to both awards.

He is survived by wife Barbara, his two children Mark and Jane and two grandchildren Duncan and Lucy.

The funeral will be held on February 26. There will be a private family cremation followed by a Service of Remembrance at the Halifax Minster at 2.15pm.