Hundreds pay tribute to Bradford pensioner who died after attack (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Hundreds pay tribute to Bradford pensioner who died after attack
7:00am Friday 6th September 2013 in News
Hundreds of mourners gathered to pay tribute to a ‘special’ and much-loved Bradford pensioner whose funeral took place yesterday.
Keith Alder died at 68 following a stroke at Bradford Royal Infimary on August 7 – nearly two years after he was brutally attacked outside his home.
St John the Evangelist Church in Great Horton was full for the service, with some people barely able to find room to get inside to pay their respects.
The Rural Dean, the Reverend Paul Bilton led the service, during which friends and family shared their memories of Mr Alder.
Mr Bilton said: “I would ask you to take your most treasured memory of Keith and remember it as a picture of his life.”
Other tributes were paid to Mr Alder, saying he was “a man who was always happiest when fishing”, and a “special man who always had a smile on his face”.
Mr Alder, who worked as a roofer until his retirement at 65, was remembered during the service for being warm and fun-loving, with “such a kind and generous spirit, he was someone for whom nothing was ever too much trouble”.
He was savagely attacked by a gang outside his Great Horton home in October, 2011, and due to complications in surgery, had to have both legs amputated above the knee.
Ladislav Balaz and his uncle Bartolomej Makula were later jailed for 16 and 15 years respectively for causing grievous bodliy harm with intent.
Now the Attorney General – the leading lawyer in the land – will decide whether murder charges will be brought against the pair when he considers evidence gathered from a renewed police investigation.
Detective Sergeant Karen Milner, who is leading the inquiry, confirmed at the opening of an inquest earlier this week that a post-mortem examination had shown Mr Alder died of a stroke.
Det Sgt Milner told the hearing that Mr Alder had previously suffered a stroke in November 2011 as a direct consequence of the assault.
Mr Alder’s family said the father-of-three had been looking forward to his retirement, but instead was forced to endure a string of health problems resulting from the attack.
Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus shortly after her husband’s death, his wife, Kath, said: “Our marriage was absolutely brilliant.
“We had three lovely boys, no worries with money, a lovely house – we were very lucky. We had everything to live for.”