TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Mayor of Morley, Coun Derek L Bradley who died on Thursday.
The 77-year-old Morley town councillor, who had been battling lung disease, died in hospital on September 30.
Elected to Morley Town Council when it was formed in April 2000, he served as a councillor for Scatcherd Ward, was chairman of the Highways and Transportation committee for several years and of the Civic Duties Committee in 2005/6.
He was Deputy Mayor of Morley in 2003/4 and Mayor in 2004/5.
During his time as mayor, he and his wife Hazel attended hundreds of events in Morley as well as representing the town across Yorkshire.
The current Mayor of Morley, Coun Paul Cook led the tributes, saying: “He was a great servant of this town and served well for many years He was also a great mentor to me.
“I always went to him when I had a problem and he was always very helpful, ready and willing to help.”
At the annual civic service on Sunday at St Paul’s Church, the Rev Margaret Dye, dedicated the service to Coun Bradley and said a prayer for him.
His friend and council colleague Joe Tetley said: “He was a great friend, we both had strong opinions and differed at times but always resolved our arguments.
“He was my deputy when I was mayor and he and his wife supported me in every possible way.
“He was always a staunch councillor and worked hard for Scatcherd Ward.
“He thought a lot about Morley and was very proud to be mayor.”
On behalf of Morley Town Council town clerk Karen Oakley said: “The members of Morley Town Council have been extremely saddened by the recent death of serving councillor Derek L Bradley.
“Derek was always a diligent member of the council and passionate about Morley issues.
“He will be very sadly missed by all the members and staff of the council.”
During his time as mayor Coun Bradley chose as his charities the Morley Friends of the Home Farm Trust, which helps those with learning difficulties, and the Gurkhas Welfare Fund, raising over £800 for them.
Having served his national service in the RAF Signals Squadron in the Suez Canal Zone from 1951 to 1953, he had a lifelong interest in the military and in 2003 he received a commemorative medal for his role in the “forgotten war”.
He was a long-standing member of the Royal British Legion, would never miss a Remembrance Sunday parade, fought for justice for the Gurkhas and worked on creating links between Morley and the 246 Gurkha Squadron in York.
A member for over 30 years of the Cross Church Street WMC and of Bruntcliffe WMC, he was also the Morley Delegate to the Working Men’s Clubs and Institute Union.
He leaves a wife, Coun Hazel Bradley, children Nigel and Kim and four grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at St Peter’s Church, Morley, at 1pm on Tuesday, October 12.
The family have asked for no flowers, instead there will be a collection for the Gurkha Welfare Trust and the Royal British Legion.
l See next week’s paper for a full obituary and further tributes.