Lifelong campaigner dies aged 77

Tony Moorhouse
Tony Moorhouse

A Morley campaigner who spent a lifetime giving back to his community, has passed away aged 77.

David Anthony Moorhouse, known to everyone as Tony, passed away suddenly on March 15 at Knowle Manor.

Born on October 12 1937, Tony and his family lived at Stump Cross Farm, Morley.

Coun Shirley Varley said: “Tony grew up to be an extremely hard working and independent young man throughout his life overcoming many challenges, which he dealt with bravely.

“He was always looking for any opportunity to improve his own life and also the lives of others.

“He had the support of his sister, Edna and family, but also made friends through his willingness to help everyone.”

Tony moved to Knowle Manor in October 2003, just before his 66th birthday and spent many happy years there, having care and security, but he always wanted to give something back.

Coun Varley said: “His support and enthusiasm for the social activities was endless. The manager, David, says that since Tony died, not a day passes when his presence and involvement is not missed.

“Tony’s support and petition for the residential home to gain a reprieve in the review in 2011 was tremendous. The assurance was that the home would remain functional and up to capacity until a site could be found to replace it.

When Tony moved into Knowle Manor he believed he had a home for life. For Tony that assurance was kept.”

Tony’s funeral was held at St Peter’s Church on March 31. Donations were made to Epilepsy Research UK.