Tributes paid to ‘charismatic character’ Charles Moss - ‘everybody knew him’

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A successful chartered surveyor and music lover who was well known in the city has died.

Charles Moss died peacefully at his home in Sandal on Easter Saturday, aged 82.

Friends of family will mourn his passing at a funeral at St Helen’s Church, on Barnsley Road, next Thursday.

Mr Moss was born in Outwood and went to Rothwell Grammar School before qualifying as a valuer and auctioneer.

He went on to take over Hubert Laidlaw, a business which grew into being the largest professional practice in Wakefield before it was bought by Abbey National in 1988.

He was married to Cynthia, who died 11 years ago aged 70, and is survived by sons Stephen, 55, and John, 50, Moss, and four grandchildren.

John Moss said his father, who was a member of Wakefield Golf Club, Wakefield Round Table and The 41 Club, was a charismatic character at social events.

He said: “He was one of the biggest characters in Wakefield during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and very big in terms of organising social events.

“He would have known every solicitor, bank manager and building society manager – everybody knew him.”

Mr Moss, who was a life-long season ticket holder at Wakefield Trinity, met Cynthia at the Empire Ballroom in Wakefield, and the couple were regular club-goers in their younger years.

He loved classical music and jazz, including the work of Duke Ellington and Bix Beiderbecke, and often took to the dance floor with Cynthia for a waltz or jive.

Hubert Laidlaw expanded round the Wakefield district and into Leeds, and Mr Moss won a commission from French petrol station operator Total, valuing sites for the firm around the North of England.

More recently he worked as a valuer of residential property for all the major banks and building societies.

Donations to Diabetes UK and Cancer Research will be welcome at the funeral service, which starts at 12.45pm.