About 150 mourners attended the funeral in West Yorkshire yesterday of Lady Kagan.
Family and friends from throughout the world travelled to Huddersfield Town Hall to pay tribute to the widow of textile tycoon Lord Kagan. She died on March 31 aged 86.
She and husband Joseph, later Lord Kagan, settled in Huddersfield in 1946 after fleeing the Nazi occupation of their native Lithuania.
Joseph Kagan became a close friend of Huddersfield-born Prime Minister Harold Wilson, making his name with Gannex raincoats and creating a business empire. Lord Kagan was jailed for 10 months for theft in 1980 and lost his knighthood but he later spoke on prison reform in the Lords. He died in 1995.
Lady Kagan became well known for her interest in helping cement relations between communities. In 1975 she served as chairman of the Kirklees International Festival, with a particular involvement in the borough’s West Indian community.
The couple had three children: Michael, who lives in Israel, Daniel (America) and Jenny (Kendal). Yesterday Daniel described his mother as “one of the kindest and most thoughtful human beings” he had ever met.
Her funeral service was followed by burial at Rose Hill Burial Ground at Birkby, Huddersfield.