FORMER Darfield councillor and businessman David Wainwright has died aged 84 after losing his fight against pneumonia following a stroke.

In 1969, David set up his eponymous electrical contracting business, which flourished, growing to 12 staff.

David retired in 1999 and in 2003 he went on to be a councillor in Darfield for more than eight years, with his wife Pauline supporting him as his ‘campaign manager’.

David enjoyed his cricket at Wath, Houghton Main, Darton and Darfield where he held the position of club chairman for many years and was an honorary president.

He was a Barnsley FC season ticket holder for many years and particularly enjoyed their brief spell in the Premiership.

Over the years he has had three King Charles spaniels and the latest, George, has been great company since losing his wife in May 2019.

He leaves his son Mark, daughter Beverley and grandchildren Josh, Ellie, Phoebe, Ben and Abi.

A celebration of David’s life will be held at Barnsley Crematorium, Ardsley, on Thursday at 2.50pm, followed by the wake at Burntwood in Brierley.