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Yorkshire celebrity deaths 2021: Remembering the TV stars and famous faces we lost this year

By newadmin / Published on Friday, 31 Dec 2021 17:04 PM / No Comments / 182 views


2021 was another year when Yorkshire lost some of its greatest sportsmen.

One of Leeds United’s greatest strikers, Peter Lorimer, died aged 74.

Huddersfield Town legend Frank Worthington also passed away this year, aged 72.

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The TV world lost a star in the form of Robert Fyfe, who was best known as Howard in Last of the Summer Wine.

One of Yorkshire’s most successful businessmen, Eddie Healey, also left us this year.

And a hitherto unknown World War Two veteran, who became the face of the British fightback against coronavirus, passed away less than a year after he rose to fame and raised more than £32m for the NHS.

Terry Cooper



Terry Cooper in 1970
Terry Cooper in 1970

A young Cooper turned up at Elland Road with his football boots in a paper bag asking for a trial.

His performance impressed and, aged 17, he was signed by Don Revie as a full back.

Cooper put in 250 appearances for Leeds United between 1962 to 1975, alongside Revie’s dream team.

The defender, from Brotherton, also collected 20 England caps between 1969 and 1974.

After spells for Middlesbrough, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers and Doncaster Rovers, he managed both Bristol teams, Exeter City and Birmingham City.

He died, aged 77, on July 31.

Robert Fyfe



Robert Fyfe as Howard in Last of the Summer Wine and (right) in the film Cloud Atlas
Robert Fyfe as Howard in Last of the Summer Wine and (right) in the film Cloud Atlas

Fyfe was best known for playing Howard in Last of the Summer Wine between 1985 and 2010 when the BBC axed Britain’s longest-running sitcom.

Born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, Fyfe dropped out of Edinburgh University to train at the Northern Theatre School in Bradford.

Though most famous for his role in the sitcom set in Holmfirth, Fyfe appeared in Z Cars, Survivors, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Monarch of the Glen and Coronation Street.

He died, aged 90, from liver disease on September 15 shortly after his wife and stage director Diana Rush.

Eddie Healey



Billionaire Eddie Healey was one of the two men behind Meadowhall
Billionaire Eddie Healey was one of the two men behind Meadowhall

The tycoon behind Sheffield’s Meadowhall shopping centre died, aged 83, on August 21, following a long illness.

Born in Hull, Healey and his brother Malcolm started at their father’s paint shop and went on to become two of Yorkshire’s most successful businessmen.

Eddie helped fellow Yorkshire entrepreneur Paul Sykes turn wasteland off the M1 into what is still Yorkshire’s biggest indoor shopping mall.

Using the Meadowhall model, Eddie opened another mall in Oberhausen, Germany.

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Peter Lorimer



Peter Lorimer scored a staggering 168 goals for the Whites
Peter Lorimer scored a staggering 168 goals for the Whites

One of Leeds United’s greatest ever players, Lorimer scored a staggering 168 goals for the Whites.

The Scottish-born attacking midfielder made his Leeds debut in 1962, aged 15, making him Leeds’ youngest first team player.

With the most powerful shot in the First Division, Lorimer was a critical part of the Whites during their 1960s and 70s heyday.

After retiring from the pitch he became a radio commentator and club ambassador.

He died, aged 74, on March 20.

Captain Sir Tom Moore



Captain Sir Tom Moore raised more than £32m for the NHS
Captain Sir Tom Moore raised more than £32m for the NHS

The face of the fightback against coronavirus was Cpt Tom, a centenarian World War Two veteran originally from Keighley.

Cpt Tom set out to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together walking 100 25m lengths (10 per day) of his garden with his walking frame.

He captured the nation’s heart and raised more than £32m to help the health service battle the pandemic.

Cpt, who served in India and Burma during World War Two, was knighted and promoted to colonel in honour of his achievement.

In a cruel irony, it was coronavirus and pneumonia which claimed his life on February 2.

Frank Worthington



Terriers legend Frank Worthington
Terriers legend Frank Worthington

One of Huddersfield Town’s greatest ever players, Worthington scored 41 goals for the Terriers between 1966 and 1972.

Moving to Leicester City the striker scored 72 goals for the Foxes before successful spells at Bolton, Birmingham City and Leeds.

Worthington, originally from Halifax, died at home in Huddersfield, on March 22, aged 72.

Other big Yorkshire names who died in 2021

Prof Michael Green , Leeds – pathologist who helped catch the Yorkshire Ripper – 82

Peter Lawrence , York – father of Claudia Lawrence and campaigner – 74

Austin Mitchell , Bradford – MP, ITV Calendar host, academic – 86

Geoffrey Noble , Brighouse – one of Yorkshire’s last D-Day survivors – 96

John Ryder (real name John Holland), Sheffield – 1950s and 60s pop star – 82

Mandy Taylor, Huddersfield – charity fundraiser – 53

Tony Thornton , Sheffield – Thorntons confectioners chairman and philanthropist – 91

Jack Tordoff , Bradford – Bradford City chairman and businessman – 86

Syd Weldon , Huddersfield – golfer – 76

Jake Manglewurzel , Huddersfield – eccentric, 83

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