Well-known motor dealer dies at 91

A well-known motor dealer who founded a family-run garage and car dealership business in West Yorkshire has died at the age of 91.

Geoffrey Windle, from Midgley near Halifax, served in the Second World War before joining the family building business. But in 1949, he followed his passion for cars and opened his first garage.

Mr Windle’s first garage, which operated as a repair shop and filling station, grew into a large business over the subsequent decades. He first expanded at the start of the 1960s, when he bought land for a showroom adjacent to his original garage.

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By the mid-1960s, he was running one of the first Volvo dealerships in the UK which continued at the site in Pellon New Road, Halifax until 1991. He upgraded this to a purposed-built showroom and also bought a Hyundai dealership which he ran until he retired in 1995.

Mr Windle served as president of the Halifax Motor Agents’ Association on a number of occasions during his career.

His son Simon, who now runs the business, said his father always endeavoured to provide the sort of service to customers that comes from a family-run firm.

He told the Halifax Courier: “He was immensely proud of what he had built up and for serving the people of Halifax.”