Death of prominent former councillor

A FORMER councillor, businessman and special constable has died aged 87.

Sam Lionel Padgett, of Heybeck Lane, Woodkirk, was managing director of Sam Padgett and Son Ltd, coach proprietors and haulage contractors of Mirfield, and also proprietor of Water Royd Garage, up to his retirement in 1979.

A native of Mirfield, Mr Padgett (pictured) was educated at Mirfield Grammar School and served in the RAF during the war.

He served for many years on the Mirfield Urban District Council and was chairman of the council three times, being the last person to hold that office before the reorganisation of local government in 1974.

He also represented Mirfield on the West Riding County Council.

A past president of both the Rotary Club of Mirfield and the Mirfield Chamber of Trade, he served on many local committees and on the governing bodies of local schools.

He was a member of the special constabulary for nearly 25 years, progressing through the ranks to become the chief commandant of the West Yorkshire Force, a position which he held until he retired from the Force in 1985.

He also served for many years on the Dewsbury and Mirfield Crime Prevention Panel.

Mr Padgett was invited to and attended the garden parties at Buckingham Palace on no fewer than four occasions over the years.

On all these occasions he was accompanied by his wife Rosa and one of their daughters.

He was a recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Medal.

A dedicated freemason, he was past master of the Clifton Lodge and the Howley Lodge and was a provincial officer.

He was also a member of the Probus Club of Dewsbury.

Mr Padgett is survived by his wife Rosa and their three daughters.