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Greenwood Stirk

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Greenwood Stirk (c1867-1944)

1946 Obituary [1]

GREENWOOD STIRS-, whose death occurred at Clapton Lodge, Halifax, on 16th November 1944 in his seventy-seventh year, was well known in Yorkshire as a prominent engineering employer, formerly residing at Ovenden Hall, Halifax. He was associated with his father's firm, Messrs. John Stirk and Sons, Ltd., of Halifax, makers of planing machines, during the whole of his professional career.

After receiving his education at a private school he entered the firm as an apprentice in 1882 and served for six years. He was then made departmental works manager and in 1894, at the age of twenty-seven, was admitted to partnership. On the incorporation of the present company in 1907 he was appointed chairman and retained this position until his retirement in 1942.

Mr. Stirk, who had been a Member of the Institution since 1906, will be remembered for his services for the Yorkshire Branch, in connection with which he rendered valuable help as a member of the Committee from 1931 to 1933. In 1905 he served as President of the Halifax Branch of the Engineering Employers' Federation. Mr. Stirk's technical skill and business abilities were of a very high order.

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