Former Mayor dies aged 88

Bill Carpenter
Bill Carpenter

Tributes have been paid to former Mayor of Calderdale and Councillor William “Bill” Carpenter, who died peacefully at the age of 88 at Calderdale Royal Hospital on December 2.

He was first elected to Calderdale Council in May 1980 and served as a councillor for the Rastrick ward until May 1984.

He lost his seat at the May 1984 elections, but returned to the council in August 1984 through a by-election in the Northowram and Shelf ward.

He represented the Northowram and Shelf ward as a councillor continuously from August 1984 to June 2004 when he retired as a councillor at the elections.

He served as Mayor of Calderdale in 1992/93 and as Deputy Mayor in 1995/96.

He was granted the status of Freeman of the Borough in 2000.

Council leader Stephen Baines paid tribute to the former leader of the Conservative group on Calderdale Council from 1995 to 1998.

Coun Baines said: “Bill was on the council when I became a councillor in 1990 and was a long-serving member of the Conservative party.

“He was a hard worker and had a good sense of humour, and he was a very good debater - he could always put across a very strong, reasoned argument.

“He really was a very good councillor who served the community in his ward and the people of Calderdale very well.”

He was the husband to his late wife Margaret and father of Linda, Amanda and Philippa, and his late son Paul.

The funeral service and cremation will be held on Friday, January 9, at Park Wood Crematorium, Park Road, Elland.