Tributes to former Normanton rotarian Ian Dransfield

Ian Dransfield is awarded the Paul Harris Fellow for his work with Normanton Rotary.'p307a329
Ian Dransfield is awarded the Paul Harris Fellow for his work with Normanton Rotary.'p307a329

Touching tributes have been paid to former Normanton rotarian Ian Dransfield who has died at the age of 72.

Mr Dransfield, who lost his battle with liver cancer last Tuesday, was president of Normanton Rotary Club in 2006.

He also ran Dransfield’s newsagents in Featherstone from 1964 until 2002 and worked as a firefighter in the town for almost 30 years.

He also raised £30,000 for Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice where he was a volunteer and member of the board of trustees.

His wife Cynthia, 66, said: “I have known Ian since I was 16 so a massive chunk of my life has been spent with him.

“He was kind, caring and generous. I honestly can’t say anything wrong about him.”

Brian Dunn, current president of the club, said: “Ian was an excellent event organiser and really did epitomise the rotary motto of ‘service above self’.

“He will be sadly missed.”

Mr Dransfield’s nephew, James, 26, took on the Station Lane newsagents last month.

He said: “I am so proud to take over the shop and glad my uncle was there to see it happen.

“He was unbelievably generous after my dad Keith died. He took on a fatherly role with me and my sister Keira. He just couldn’t do enough for us.”

Mr Dransfield also produced calendars of historical photographs of Normanton every year.

His funeral will take place at Featherstone Methodist Church, Wilson Street, on Friday, November 7, at 11am.