Died 3 December 2012, aged 90: Retired Wakefield district valuer Maxwell Hunt died peacefully in his sleep in hospital. He was a keen sportsman and was a member of Sandal Tennis Club and Wakefield Golf Club. Despite developing rheumatoid arthritis, until three years ago he was an active member of the golf club where the flag was flown at half-mast to mourn his passing. A mark of his well-known sense of humour, his last words were reported to be: ‘Game over.’
Mr Hunt studied at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and joined Wakefield Building Society when he was 16. He subsequently worked for the Valuation Office until he left in 1941 to join the RAF for flying training, but was rejected because he was colour blind. As a result, he joined the Royal Artillery, serving in Burma, India and South Africa. He returned to the Valuation Office after the war and was working in Huddersfield when he dealt with the acquisition of land for the new M62 motorway. This involved the controversy surrounding Stott Hall Farm where the landowner refused to accept to the valuation so the motorway was split to run either side of his farm. Mr Hunt lived with his family at Newmillerdam. He met his wife, Mary Wilkinson, at the age of 45 and they married in 1968. They had two sons.