KAYE: Reggie, MBE

Died Christmas Day 2008, aged 90: Reggie Kaye, who lived at Flanshaw and later at Sandal, was awarded the MBE for many years’ tireless service to industry, education and the wider community. Born in 1918 the son of a miner, he spent his whole life in the city apart from six years in India and Burma with the RAF during the Second World War. He joined Wakefield’s West Riding Engineering Company, where he worked for 43 years, and became local secretary of the Amalgamated Engineering Union. He was committed to education and served on the committee at Wakefield Technical College, helping to develop a day release scheme for apprentices. As a city councillor for  11 years, he welcomed many people with housing and social concerns to surgeries at his house on the Flanshaw Estate. He was also instrumental in setting up Wakefield’s first family planning clinic, one of the factors that led to his award of the MBE in 1984.

A keen sports enthusiast, Mr Kaye played rugby union for Wakefield and enjoyed games of tennis with his wife Lorna, to whom he was married for 66 years.He followed Leeds United, enjoying many matches in the main stand at Elland Road, and was on the programme committee at Wakefield Trinity. When he retired, he became involved in a scheme for recording tapes of talking books and newspapers for blind people. He also volunteered as a Samaritan for a short time. He died at Pinderfields Hospital and the funeral was at Wakefield Crematorium on Thursday, 8 January 2009. At their meeting on 14 January, members of Wakefield Council observed a minute’s silence in his memory.

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