Max Payne

MAX Payne, who has died at the age of 77, was one of Scarborough’s most prominent charity workers.

He had spear-headed many initiatives for local charities, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds.

He was best known for his work with St Catherine’s Hospice in the resort, for which he produced a calendar using his wide-ranging photographic skills.

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It sold tens of thousands of copies annually, raising £250,000 for the charity.

He was also a keen worker for Scarborough YMCA, Macmillan and Marie Curie cancer charities, Save the Children, Scarborough Lions Club, the Wilf Ward Trust and St Laurence’s Church, Scalby.

Born and educated in Scarborough, he became a dental technician after three years in the Royal Army Dental Corps, then moved into the financial world with the Nat West, and later with North Central Finance and Lombard but he had to take early retirement due to suffering a stroke.

Following his recovery he developed his life-long hobby of photography, creating a business which focused on images of Scarborough of the past, as well as current subjects.

He was made a Freeman of the Borough of Scarborough in 1999 and two years later, awarded the MBE for his charity work.

Mr Payne leaves a widow, Maureen, and two daughters.