Obituaries

Obituaries

Aretha Franklin, singer

Aretha Franklin, who has died at 76, was a soul singer whose career spanned seven decades and whose feminist anthem, Respect, is considered to be among the greatest songs of the era.

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V.S. Naipaul

V.S. Naipaul, author

V.S. Naipaul - he never professionally used his full name - was considered the foremost novelist of the English-speaking Caribbean.

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Philip Round

Philip Round, councillor and journalist

Philip Round, who has died at 66, was a former journalist, PR man and a councillor in the Calder Valley, whose mesothelioma – a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos – was likely caused by the fibres on his father’s overalls.

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Dr Donald Hunt

Dr Donald Hunt, musician

The distinguished musician Dr Donald Hunt, who has died at 88, was a man of many parts: choirmaster, conductor, composer, organist, festival director, author and Elgar specialist.

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Brenda Firth

Brenda Firth, keep-fit evangelist

Brenda Firth, who has died at 92, was a pioneer in promoting the benefits of exercise, having in the 1970s led the National Keep Fit Association’s annual rally at the Royal Albert Hall.

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Sir Alex Fergusson

Sir Alex Fergusson, MSP

Sir Alex Fergusson, who has died at 69, was the gentleman farmer turned Scottish MP who kept the country’s politicians in check in Holyrood’s first minority government.

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Bernard Hepton in Colditz. Picture: BBC

Bernard Hepton, actor

Bernard Hepton, who has died at 82, was an actor who graduated from the repertory company of Bradford’s considerable post-war Playhouse and who became a household name in a wartime TV drama.

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David Morris

David Morris, artist

David Morris, who has died aged 81, was a painter and printmaker who loved the coast of North Yorkshire and found inspiration in that landscape for more than 50 years.

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Paul Hockney

Paul Hockney, former Lord Mayor of Bradford

Paul Hockney, who has died at 87, was Lord Mayor of Bradford in the Queen’s Silver Jubilee year of 1977 and a significant force in the city’s Liberal group at a time when it held the balance of power on the council.

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Grace Mulligan

Grace Mulligan, TV chef

Grace Mulligan, who has died at 91, was one of Yorkshire’s first celebrity chefs, hosting Farmhouse Kitchen, ITV’s homespun cookery series, for a decade.

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Alan Longmuir

Alan Longmuir, musician

Alan Longmuir, who has died at 70, was bass guitarist with the pop group the Bay City Rollers, who in the 1970s had the nation’s tartan-clad teenage girls swooning at their feet.

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