Sir Jack Smart -2010

The first Leader of Wakefield Council, Sir Jack Smart, died on 4 March 2010 after a long and distinguished career in local government and trade unions.

Sir Jack, who was 89, lived in Castleford all his life, died in hospital. He was leader of Castleford Urban District Council until the new metropolitan district of Wakefield was created by local government reform in 1973. He then became Leader of the new council – a position he held for 11 years.

He was a life-long trades unionist and Labour Party member, the youngest ever mayor of Castleford in 1962, chairman of Wakefield District Health Authority, twice-honoured by the queen with a CBE and then a knighthood and a Freeman of the City of Wakefield.

Sir Jack leaves a widow, Lady Ethel, a daughter and two grandchildren.