David Stewart, footballer

David Stewart, the former Leeds United goalkeeper who has died at 71, was between the posts on what should have been the greatest night in the club’s history.

Max Freeman with his wife, Ella.

Max Freeman, tailor

Max Freeman, who has died at 93, was a dresser to the stars, a renowned tailor whose mastery with the cloth scissors made him a favourite of celebrities, politicians and stylish types in his home city of Leeds.

Graeme Willson

Graeme Willson, artist

The Ilkley painter and designer Graeme Willson, who has died at 67, was committed to public art, bringing it out of the gallery and into spaces where more people could see and appreciate it.

Air Vice Marshall Bob Price

Robert Price

Air Vice Marshal Robert Price, who has died in his 90th year, was a distinguished flyer whose exploits in Singapore in the 1950s saw him mentioned in dispatches to the young Queen Elizabeth.

John Besford

John Besford, railwayman

John Besford, who has died at 95, was a navigator on wartime Lancaster bombers and later the general manager of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Bessie Brooke

Bessie Brooke, centenarian

Bessie Brooke, who has died at 102, was the oldest resident of Spofforth, between Harrogate and Wetherby. She had lived there for half her life and remained an active member of the community.

Pik Botha

Pik Botha, politician

Pik Botha, who has died at 86, was the last foreign minister of South Africa’s apartheid era and a contradictory figure who staunchly defended white minority rule but eventually recognised that change was inevitable.

Ray Galton (left) and Alan Simpson

Ray Galton, comedy writer

Ray Galton, who has died at 88, was one half of Britain’s pre-eminent comedy writing partnership. With the radio and then television incarnations of Hancock’s Half Hour, he and Alan Simpson virtually invented the home-grown sitcom, and with their next creation, Steptoe and Son, they scaled creative heights seldom equalled.


William Fuller

William Fuller, who has died at 84, was a restaurateur in the swinging London of the 1960s, whose clients included Harold Wilson and Yoko One, and who came home to Yorkshire to run Harrogate’s renowned Drum and Monkey eatery.

Marjory Cockburn

Marjory Cockburn, hospice pioneer

Marjory Cockburn, who has died at 91, was one of the pioneers of hospice care in Sheffield and across the country. She joined the city’s St Luke’s Hospice as matron in 1974, and remained with the charity until her retirement in 1990.

Charles Aznavour

Charles Aznavour, singer

The singer Charles Aznavour, who has died at 94, was France’s most potent showbusiness export since Edith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier, enjoying an eight-decade career that stood as am emblem for the nation itself.

Geoffrey Hayes

Geoffrey Hayes, TV presenter

The actor-turned-presenter Geoffrey Hayes, who has died at 76, was a familiar face to two generations of children as the host of Rainbow, a fixture on ITV’s pre-school schedule since not long after the creation of the Thames Television franchise.

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