Roy Stead (1941 - 2019) was born on 3rd June 1941, to Emily and Willy. He grew up in Bradley with his big sister, Kathleen, and his brothers, Leonard, Brian and Reuben. His mother died when he was still young and Roy went to live with Kathleen and her husband. He worked as an engineer for various local engineering firms, retiring at the age of 60. Roy married Brenda, with whom he had two boys, Darren and Jonathan. They lived first in Netherton, then in Almondbury. Roy loved sport, was a keen cricket player himself and supported his sons in their sporting interests. Roy and Brenda divorced in 1981, and a couple of years later he met Peggy. They married in 1986, Roy becoming step-dad to Michael, and he and Peggy had many happy times playing crown green bowls, walking in the Lakes or going for a drive out with a flask and sandwiches. Roy was a member of Honley Male Voice Choir for 21 years, singing with them at Wembley, at Twickenham, and at the Albert Hall, and when they won the National Championship. He was a proud grandad to Danielle, Hannah, Jodie, Harry, Martin and Steven, as well as a great-grandad. Roy and Peggy moved to Newsome in 1995 and took great care of each other, until Peggy’s death in 2018. Roy died on 30th October 2019.
Celebrant: Hannah McKerchar
Tribute to Roy Stead delivered at a humanist funeral in 2019