Loving tributes to a ‘selfless’ volunteer

Stephen Battle, who has passed away aged 56, with wife Julie Battle.
Stephen Battle, who has passed away aged 56, with wife Julie Battle.

CHARITY organisers have paid tribute to a ‘selfless’ grandfather who has died after a lifetime dedicated to helping others.

Stephen Battle passed away at his home on Walkley Lane, Hillsborough, aged just 56.

He had spent 25 years volunteering for the Sheffield Association for People with Cerebral Palsy, a condition with which he suffered all his life.

He was also a regular volunteer at St Luke’s Hospice charity shop in Crookes.

Christine Quinlan, area retail manager for St Luke’s, said: “Stephen was a fabulous man - he was very popular with the customers. He was so selfless, he would do anything for others, and would fill in at the drop of a hat if we were short-staffed.”

Julie, 52, his wife of 33 years, said: “Stephen was ill for most of his life but he never once asked, ‘Why me?’. He just put everyone else first.”

Only last month Stephen appeared in The Star, sharing his jubilee memories of meeting the Queen at Buckingham Palace, where he had been invited in recognition of his charity work.

Born in Heeley, Stephen grew up on the Manor. He and Julie moved to Hillsborough when they married, becoming parents to Carl, 31, and grandparents to Liam, six, and Kieran, four.

Stephen trained as a cutler but his illness forced him to give up work.

He died last Wednesday from pulmonary fibrosis, a lung condition he suffered for two years. The funeral will be held at Grenoside North Chapel on Monday at 11am.