Tributes to ‘kind and caring’ Jason in Keighley

Well-known character Jason Hargreaves, who has died aged 50

Well-known character Jason Hargreaves, who has died aged 50

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Tributes have been paid to a “kind and caring” Keighley man who died suddenly at 50.

Jason Hargreaves was born in Fell Lane, Keighley. He grew up in Haworth and was living in Kennedy House, Ingrow, at the time of his death.

His mother, Anne Binns, said she understood Jason had suffered a heart attack at home on January 8.

She said: “He used to fill his time by being helpful and caring towards anyone he came across.

“He never had a bad word to say about anyone and that’s why so many people will miss him. He was a real character.”

She said her son, who was born partially sighted, had been a devoted supporter of Leeds United for more than 30 years. At his funeral on January 21, his coffin was decked out in the colours of the club, and his family received a card of condolence signed by Leeds players, as well as a letter from Leeds’s first-team manager Brian McDermott.

Jason’s stepfather, Malcolm, said a collection at the funeral raised £1,130 for Sight Airedale, of which Jason had been a member.

Mrs Binns said Jason was well known in Kennedy House, where he ran errands for other residents. He had also helped out at fish and chip shops in Oxenhope, Haworth, Cross Roads and Keighley.

Mrs Binns said she was overwhelmed by the support from the many who attended the funeral, which was followed by burial in Haworth Cemetery.

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