Sports stalwart who led Rhinos out to Wembley cup clash dies aged 92

Denis and Marjorie Greenwood, taken when he received his CBE.
Denis and Marjorie Greenwood, taken when he received his CBE.
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A Leeds businessman and sports stalwart who once led the Rhinos out to the Wembley pitch for a cup final has died aged 92.

Denis Greenwood, who was formerly chairman and chief executive of the Greenwoods Menswear Group, died peacefully in a Harrogate nursing home on Sunday.

He started at the company in 1946 and over subsequent decades it grew to boast around 300 shops throughout the UK, before he started to gradually retire around 25 years ago.

For many years he was a director and later chairman of the Leeds Cricket Football and Athletic Company at Headingley.

And as chairman of what is now Leeds Rhinos, he led the rugby league team on to the Wembley pitch for the 1994 Challenge Cup Final against Wigan.

Mr Greenwood, once chairman of the Yorkshire Industrialists Council, was made a CBE in 1991 for his services to the Conservative Party.

Mr Greenwood’s brother Brian, 90, said: “He was a much respected businessman. His word was indeed his bond.”

He was born in 1925 and attended Woodhouse Grove School in Apperley Bridge. He later joined the RAF, serving as a physical training instructor during the latter days of the Second World War.

In 1947 he married Marjorie Bussey, who had been his girlfriend since school age. They enjoyed 69 years of marriage, living for most of this time at Woodlands Grange in Rawdon, Mrs Greenwood died last year.

Their three daughters, Diane Hanson, Denise Steinberger and Melissa France jointly have seven children and nine grandchildren.