TRIBUTES have been paid to Trevor Sykes, a dedicated member of the Royal Air Forces Association who helped to raise many thousands of pounds for ex-servicemen and women.
Mr Sykes, who served as secretary of the Brighouse and Rastrick branch of RAFA, died at the age of 70 after a period of ill-health. He was staying in his caravan in Withernsea when he died.
Mr Ronnie Mann, standard bearer for the branch, said Mr Sykes had made a great contribution to RAFA. “He really moved the branch forward. He was very energetic and if something needed doing, Trevor would do it. He could talk to anyone and he loved telling people about RAFA.”
Mr Sykes got involved in RAFA in the early 1980s as a friend member and was involved in branches in Huddersfield and the Calder Valley before joining Brighouse and Rastrick branch. He was made secretary of the Yorkshire region in 1988 and also served as treasurer until his death.
In March, at a RAFA conference in Blackpool, he was made Northern area life vice-president, an honour he was proud to have.
Mr Sykes married his wife Angela in 2002. She said: “Trevor worked tirelessly for RAFA and helped to raise thousands of pounds over the years. He was a familiar figure on the streets of Brighouse, at stores and in garden centres and at Brighouse Gala colelcting for the Wings Appeal.
“He was a great champion for the associate members and worked really hard to get them on the map. Together we attended conferences twice a year and met up with friends from all over the country. His first love was for all his family, his second love was RAFA.”
Mr Sykes also helped to organise a 50th anniversary service to commemorate the founding of the Brighouse and Rastrick branch at St Matthew’s Church, Rastrick, in November.
He leaves his wife, children Lynda, Gillian and Colin, step-children Helen and Howard, and six grandchildren. A celebration of his life was held at Park Wood Crematorium last Wednesday.