Father remembered for passion for community

Cyril Stansfield
Cyril Stansfield

A Birstall man who was a passionate supporter of his community has died aged 82.

Cyril Stansfield, of Briarmains Road, was a loyal reader of the News and regularly contributed to the letters pages discussing issues in the town.

His daughter, Nina Stansfield, said her father always had a keen interest in the local area.

She said: “He was a quiet person and was not someone who would join a campaign, but was keen to express his views through other ways.

“He did seem to love writing letters and was always writing to somebody about something.”

Mr Stansfield moved to Birstall with his wife, Barbara, from Mirfield.

Growing up, he was the youngest of six children and worked from an early age selling ice cream from a push cart. Miss Stansfield said: “He

came from a big family so they never really had any money.

“He worked as an engineer for most of his life for a firm in Gildersome called Burwell Reed and Kinghorn.”

Mr Stansfield spent most of his spare time listening to music and watching comedy.

His daughter said: “He really liked old comedians like Morecambe and Wise. A writer from the show, Mike Craig, was from Batley and dad wrote to him and they became friends.”

Miss Stansfield added: “Dad was invited to a party and it turned out there were lots of celebrities there including Paul Daniels. That all came from writing letters.”

Her father had a big interest in music and played the harmonica, guitar and piano.

When asked how her father would be remembered, Miss Stansfield said he was always laughing and joking and was a fountain of knowledge.

Mr Stansfield is survived by his wife, Barbara, and their two children, Nigel and Nina.