Brian always had a big smile for all

Tributes have been paid to a ‘pillar of the community’ in Dewsbury who had a smile for everyone he met.

Brian Taylor, 75, was greatly admired by those who knew him through his work with the church, retail groups and voluntary organisations.

An assistant pastor at Dewsbury Gospel Church for 30 years, Mr Taylor was a founding member of the Branch Christian School, Branch FM and the Charis Bible College.

Pastor Bob Ward said: “Brian was originally from Bristol but always considered Dewsbury his home.

“As far as the church is concerned he will be greatly missed as he was involved in everything we do. But it will be more in the sense that he was so full of life.”

Mr Taylor, who lived in Earlsheaton, also helped out on the Cappuccino Man stall in Dewsbury town centre.

Owner Keith Brett said: “He just came one day eight years ago and started helping me, like he helped everyone.

“I spent all morning on Wednesday telling customers. They were so upset. It just proves how much everyone is going to miss him.”

Mr Taylor supported Dewsbury-based Eurovision Misson and spent two years overseas working for Christian Friends of Israel, with his wife Gwen.

He had worked with CARE Dewsbury, which supports homeless and vulnerable people, since its inception.

He was also a member of Churches Together in Dewsbury, Dewsbury Retail Forum and Dewsbury Town Team.

Town team deputy chairman Andrew Hutchinson said: “Brian always had a smile and good word for everybody. He gave tirelessly and generously of himself without so much as a grumble. He was a pillar of our community and loved by many people. He will be sadly missed.”

Dewsbury town centre manager Andrew Sloman said: “Brian was a very positive member of the retail forum. He contributed a lot to events and our work. It was always a pleasure to work with him.”

Mr Taylor passed away in hospital on October 12.

A service will be held at the gospel church on Friday October 25, 1pm.