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.
Born in London in 1926, William Charles Albert Carpenter served on Calderdale Council for more than two decades.
He was a messenger for ARP during the Second World War before enlisting in the RAF at the age of 17 in 1943.
After serving in Burma, he re-enlisted in the RAF as an electrical engineer. He was commissioned in 1959 and was awarded the Sword of Honour.
On retirement in 1976, he moved to Brighouse and began a career in local government.
He was first elected to Calderdale Council in May 1980 and served as a councillor for Rastrick 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 Northowram and Shelf from August 1984 to June 2004 when he retired as a councillor.
He served as Mayor of Calderdale in 1992/93 and as Deputy Mayor in 1995/96 and was granted the Freeman of the Borough in 2000.
Council leader Stephen Baines said: “He really was a very good councillor who served the people of Calderdale very well. He was hard-worker and had a good sense of humour, and he was a very good debater.”
He had a wide range of interests including history, current affairs, classical music, jazz, choral singing, amateur radio and military history.
He was the husband of his late wife Margaret who he married in 1947, and the father of Linda, Amanda, Philippa, and his late son Paul.He also leaves six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
The funeral service and cremation will be held on Friday, January 9, at Park Wood Crematorium, Park Road, Elland.