Died March 2006, aged 87: Stanley Jackson, who was awarded the MBE for services to the transport industry and charity, spent more than 40 years with the same firm in Sandal and held a number of voluntary roles after he retired. Stan Jackson was born in Middlestown on 21 January 1919 and was educated at Wakefield Academy before working as an office boy for F Crowther and Son, on Barnsley Road, Sandal. After Second World War service in the RAF, he returned to Crowthers, where he worked his way up to become managing director, serving the company until 1983. The firm was later taken over by British Road Services, then the National Freight Corporation and finally, Exel.

Married to Joan in 1946, the couple had two children and a granddaughter. The family lived on Barnsley Road and later Pinfold Lane, Sandal. After retiring, Mr Jackson joined Wakefield Rotary Club and became its president in 1970. He was also president of Wakefield Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Junior Chamber. He served as a tax commissioner and was on the prison parole board. Penny Henshaw, Mr Jackson’s daughter, told the Wakefield Express: “He had a fantastic sense of humour and was a very kind, giving man – a real gentleman.” He died at Earls Lodge, Queen Elizabeth Road, Wakefield.

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