Died 8 February 2002: William Lyndsay Brooke, who ran the Wakefield building and carpentry firm of Elvey Steele Brooke from the 1940s until he retired aged 70, died at PinderfieldsHospital. He had suffered from cancer for some time. Lyndsay, as he was always known, lived at Sandal Grange farm, off Walton Lane, Sandal. His company, which at its peak employed about 30 people, was responsible for a series of major projects in the Wakefield area, including the swimming pool at the old PinderfieldsHospital and extensions to its burns unit. The firm also built Southgate House and what was once Hanson’s carpet showroom next to Wakefield bus station. He was a keen supporter of both rugby codes and was a lifelong member of Wakefield Trinity. He also had a lifetime passion for motorcycles and cars.
He met his wife Lea while he was serving as a commissioned officer in the Royal Army Service Corps in Belgium. After the war they returned to Yorkshire where Lyndsay and his brother, Leslie, took over Elvey Steel Brooke. Lea died in tragic circumstances in an arson on attack on her home in 2008.
Lyndsay devoted much of his spare time to community organisations. He was a founder member of Wakefield branch of the British Heart Foundation, a governor at Wakefield College and a member of Wakefield Rotary Club for more than fifty years. He was also a member of Wakefield Probus Club. In 1962 he became a Freemason at Wakefield Rectitude Lodge, where he was known as a keen member of the craft. A requiem mass was said at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, followed by private interment at Wakefield Cemetery.