honoured with the MBE in 1997 for services to the community of Malhamdale, North Yorkshire, Harry Foster Verity Bolland, who has died aged 97, was a community stalwart.
Generous with his time and indefatigably caring, in times of trouble or illness he could be relied upon to offer commiseration, support and friendship.
On his retirement he was area manager of Preston Farmers Ltd at their Gisburn Mill.
An only child, Mr Bolland was born in Malham, but after his mother’s death in the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic he lived with his grandparents, and when they died, with his aunt Mary.
Leaving school at 14, he worked on farms in Malhamdale and Addingham, but after an accident he got a job in 1948 with Preston Farmers, at that time in Gargrave, selling cattle feed to farmers.
He had met Betty Cockshott, a farmer’s daughter from Addingham, when he was working nearby. The couple married in Addingham Chapel in 1948 and Mr Bolland brought his wife back to the Malham in which he was born. There he remained until the final year of his life when he moved to Sutton Lodge Care Home, Mrs Bolland having died in 2009.
For over 30 years he was churchwarden at Kirkby Malham Church; he was a member of the Royal British Legion and an enthusiastic and ever-willing helper for the Malham Show, of which he became a vice-president.
He served on the Village Hall Committee, played whist and dominoes and loved his garden.
Mr Bolland is survived by his children Shirley and Robin, and by four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.