ROTARIAN AND GOVERNOR DIES

A well-known Liversedge man who was a member of Heckmondwike Rotary Club, a councillor, school governor and a magistrate has died at the age of 75.

Lt Col John Denis Carter, who was known as Nick, died in Dewsbury District Hospital on Thursday August 5, following a stroke.

Col Carter, of Liversedge Hall Lane, was a governor at Spen Valley High School and served as a JP at Dewsbury and Batley Magistrates' Court for over 25 years.

He was a member of Heckmondwike Rotary Club for 27 years and held the office of president in 1987-88. Two years ago he was presented with the Paul Harris Award for services to Rotary.

Col Carter was born in Bradford and attended Carlton Grammar School, Loughborough College and Carnegie College in Leeds.

He joined the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in 1948 and shortly after the war he saw action involving Malayan communist bandits.

After leaving the Army as a captain, he was persuaded to join the Territorials. He retired from the TA in 1969 as a lieutenant colonel after 15 years' service.

He was named Nick during his Army days after a fictional detective called Nick Carter in a series of novels.

He worked as a PE teacher at Lynton Residential Special School near Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales, and then at a number of Huddersfield schools.

Col Carter also worked as a Kirklees Awards Officer, running the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. His work with the scheme started on a voluntary basis but then he was appointed Huddersfield Duke of Edinburgh Award Officer in February 1969 and it became a full-time post.

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As one of the first D of E local authority officers in the country, his aim was to publicise the scheme in schools, voluntary organisations, youth centres and industry.

He also became involved in organising canal trips for young people and disabled youngsters from Mirfield on the E Austen Johnson boat.

He also arranged a number of youth exchanges through the various organisations he was involved in, for youngsters from all over Europe.

He was a member of the local Conservative Party and was elected as a councillor for the Roberttown and Norristhorpe ward in the July 1970 council by-election.

Col Carter was married to Eileen, who sadly died in 1991. He had four children – David, Robin, Suzanne and the late Pauline – and three grandchildren.

The family said he had a great sense of humour and was extremely caring, always willing to help others.

They added: "He was a kind and generous man and very empathetic, particularly to young people. His youth work meant a lot to him.

"But he was also a much-loved family man. He was very busy but he always made time for his family."

Col Carter enjoyed jazz music, gardening, travelling, and working on his veteran car.

His funeral takes place today (Friday) at All Saints Church, Roberttown, at 1.15pm, followed by a private cremation.