Tributes to much-loved ranger

Peter Binns
Peter Binns

A family has paid tribute to a much-loved Manor Heath Park, Halifax, ranger after he died at the age of 75.

Peter Binns, who passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on August 1, was dedicated to his work and continued in his role until the beginning of this year despite battling a blood disorder.

In 2011, he fought to keep his job after being told he was “too old” to continue.

Mr Binns, of Siddal, was born in Sowerby Bridge and spent a number of his formative years as a driver in the army.

He was first posted to Germany as part of his national service, but signed up for extra years and was stationed in Benghazi with his wife Norma, who he married in 1960.

It was in North Africa where the couple welcomed their only child, Karleen, in 1963.

Later in the 1960s, the family moved back to Calderdale and made their home in Sowerby Bridge. Mr Binns took up a job at Dugdale in the town, where he worked for 29 years and later held security positions before taking up his role as a park ranger nine years ago.

His daughter, Karleen, 51, said: “One of the cards said that he was exemplary - that was his army experience - and no matter what age, he could engage in conversation with anybody.

“Everybody knew him, we used to go the supermarket and he would be shaking hands and talking to people. He was very much a family man.”

Mr Binns leaves three granddaughters, Julia, Emma and Ruth, and three great grandchildren, Lucy, Elliott and Noah.

His funeral will be held at Halifax Minster on Friday, August 14, at 1.45pm. Family flowers only, but donations can be made to the Macmillan Unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital.