Well-known Cleckheaton businessman Stephen Slator dies, aged 77

Well-known Cleckheaton shop owner Stephen Slator has died, aged 77.

Friday, 17th April 2020, 9:48 am
Stephen Slator
Stephen Slator

Mr Slator, who lived in Gomersal, opened the first Slator’s with his wife Kath in September 1988 on Brooklyn Court.
He then moved to 25 Cheapside in 1989 and then 28 Cheapside in 1991.
His son Mark started working with him in 1991.
In 2002 he then moved to the shop on Albion Street.He also had shops in Brighouse, for 12 years, and Batley, for five years.
Mark eventually took over the shop but Mr Slator still worked at the shop occasionally up until this year.
He died in Pinderfields Hospital on March 30 from Covid-19 after going into hospital on March 28.
His son Darran said: “He used to work at an electrical shop called Vallances in Bradford and they got taken over by Rumbelow’s in the mid-80s.
“He wanted to open his own shop and the cheapest one he could find was on Brooklyn Court. He always wanted his own shop.
“They used to do the Cleckheaton Christmas lights from his shop in Albion Street.
“He was also a big Bradford City fan and he was involved in the chamber of commerce in Cleckheaton.
“He liked to serve older customers who needed more customer service.
“He was friendly, a bit of a joker as well.
“He thought he had a chest infection at home but he didn’t really improve, and then on the Saturday, we called an ambulance.
“He went into hospital that afternoon and overnight he went into ICU, and he never recovered really.
“They tested him and he’d got the coronavirus.
“He had underlying medical conditions but nothing major. He wasn’t really ill or anything, we just thought he had a chest infection.
“It was just a big shock.”
Mr Slator leaves his wife of 54 years Kath, 74, sons Darran, 52, and Mark, 48, grandchildren Katy, 24, Harry, 18, James, 15 and Freya, seven, and great-grandchildren Whitley, two, and Tuli, seven months.
There will be a family-only service on Monday before a private cremation.

Stephen Slator outside his shop on Cheapside in 1991