Died 24 October 2007, aged 89: Albert Ramsey, who lived in Woolgreaves Drive, Sandal, was a director of the Arndale Property Trust, responsible for designing many of the country’s first American-style shopping malls. Mr Ramsey was born in Hunslet in 1918 and originally trained as a furniture designer before being called up for active service in North Africa in the Second World War. On demob he married Ivy Astbury, whom he met on leave in Manchester, and they were married for 50 years. They moved and settled in Sandal in about 1989.
Mr Ramsey qualified as a chartered surveyor and became one of three directors of the Arndale Property Trust based in Bradford. The Arndale Trust was a trail blazer in the early days of shopping centres and the company designed and had built many of the precursors to the huge shopping centres that exist around the country today. He was responsible, with his colleagues, for building Arndale centres around the north of England, including the first one in Leeds. After retirement he spent many years as a volunteer worker for Age Concern in Wakefield and used his business experience to help others. He died at Walton Residential Home and was remembered at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church.
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