A POPULAR vicar and scout leader has died, following heart surgery.
The Reverend Paul James Breeze, 62, was minister at the Trinity Church in Rawdon, for the last three years.
He died on January 20, after 26 years as a minister.
Previously he was based at Saltaire United Reformed Church, where he still lived.
Peter Lambert, of behalf of Trinity Church, Rawdon, said: “Our dear friend Reverend Paul Breeze passed away following major heart surgery to repair a damaged valve and subsequent complications followed.
“Paul also held a whole host of positions of responsibility within the communities he served, both in the church and elsewhere as scout leader, chaplain, school governor and leader of regeneration projects.
“The list is almost endless. Although he spent the last three years working in Rawdon, he maintained strong links with Saltaire in which he continued to live, was still a member of Shipley Rotary Club and Director of Saltaire Community Festival.”
Paul was a loving husband to Kate and father to two sons, Josh and Dan. He recently became a grandfather and christened his grandson shortly before Christmas 2013.
Originally from Liverpool, he formerly worked as a social worker in the London Borough of Lambeth in fostering and adoption.
Paul was shortly to become a safeguarding officer for the United Reformed Church in the Yorkshire area.
Paul and Kate spent a blissful three weeks together in New Zealand at the end of November, as Kate was invited to present a paper at the University of Dunedin - which they said was “the opportunity of a life-time.”
Friend Peter Lambert added: “This was a full life well-lived by a man of great faith who was loved by many.”