FORMER Conservative councillor Derrick Yates has died aged 73.
Coun Yates represented Liversedge & Gomersal from 2004 to 2011 but did not seek re-election when his term ended because of failing health.
He is believed to have passed away in Dewsbury Hospital early on Monday morning following a short illness.
His successor, Coun Lisa Holmes, said: “He was a lovely man with a heart of gold who would help anyone.
“Until his health let him down he would always help us delivering leaflets at elections and he never stopped supporting all the councillors.
“He will be missed very much as both a friend and colleague to many people.
“Even after retiring, Derrick always wanted to know what was going on in the council and never stopped caring about the ward where he still lived.
“He was a great talker with a super sense of humour. A true Yorkshireman and an all-round great bloke.”
Coun Yates was happily married to his wife Ruth for almost 50 years and was a regular organiser of fundraising concerts and other community events. The couple also helped to rescue hedgehogs in their spare time.
The funeral will take place on Friday May 5, at 11.30am, at St John's Church in Cleckheaton.