MR Arthur Wade, the man whose Christmas decorations brought a smile to the people of Lightcliffe and Hipperholme every year, has died at Calderdale Royal Hospital.
The Christmas lights in the garden of Mr Wade’s home at Knowle Top Road were eagerly anticipated. “He just loving doing it. It gave him a lot of amusement to see the reaction of motorists stuck in the traffic jams on the A58,” said Mrs Christine Wade.
Mr Wade, former head master at Newlands Junior School, Sowerby, was a member of Brighouse Rotary Club and past chairman of Brighouse Probus Club.
A man of many interests, he was passionate about music and theatre and had served on the executive committee of the Friends of Opera North.
Mrs Wade said: “He started putting up the Christmas lights about 15 years ago. He had been involved with doing the lighting design for Dewsbury Art Group so he knew something about it.
“He got very annoyed when Calderdale Council put up the Christmas lights in Sowerby Bridge and Halifax and other parts of the the district but ignored Hipperholme - so he decided to do it himself.”
Mr Wade had been seriously ill two years ago but had seemed to recover. “Arthur had a wonderful 12 months doing exactly what he wanted to do, travelling, gardening and going to the opera. He was loved and respected by everyone,” she said.
Mr Donald Bamforth, secretary of Brighouse Probus Club, said Mr Wade was a valued and well-respected member of the organisation.
“He joined in 2001 and was chairman for two years. He was active and interested in Probus affairs and only five weeks ago he hosted a garden party for the club at his home. He was full of his usual cheerfulness.”
Mr Wade leaves his wife Christine, sons Andrew and John, and two grandsons, Tom and Lorenzo. A funeral service will be at St Matthew’s Church, Lightcliffe, on October 6 at 11am.