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Leeds Rhinos

2017 Super League Champions

Denis Greenwood RIP

7th October 2017 | 6:59 am

By Phil Daly

It was with much sadness that the club learned this week that our former Chairman Denis Greenwood had died peacefully in a Harrogate Nursing Home at the age of 92 on October 1st 2017.

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It was with much sadness that the club learned this week that our former Chairman Denis Greenwood had died peacefully in a Harrogate Nursing Home at the age of 92 on October 1st 2017.

He was for many years Chairman and Chief Executive of the Greenwoods Menswear Group,which at its peak operated some
300 menswear shops throughout the UK with branches as far apart as Swansea and Dumfries or Torquay and Berwick.
After his retirement, a quarter of a century ago, the firm sadly contracted and was later sold to a Chinese conglomerate.
In its heyday the firm was a household name, particularly in West Yorkshire, having been founded in Bradford in 1860, where
at one time it had no less than 17 shops within that city’s boundaries.

Denis Greenwood was made CBE in 1991 as a reward for his services to the Conservative Party, particularly in his role as
Chairman of the Yorkshire Industrialists Council, which raised substantial sums for the Conservative cause.

A life-long sportsman, Denis excelled at sport as a boy at Woodhouse Grove School and later in the Royal Air Force where
he served as a P.T.I. (physical training instructor) during the latter days of the War and into the early Post-War period.
He was a founder member and Captain of the Old Grovians Lacrosse club when that minority sport re-appeared after the War.
He also Captained the Yorkshire men’s team.

Earlier interests in dinghy sailing and car rallies were followed by many years of skiing particularly in Grindlewald – where he
was described by a Swiss instructor as – “He goes like Hell!”. In his later years he became an excellent shot as a member of the
Ramsgill shoot.

For many years he was a Director and later Chairman of the Leeds Cricket, Football and Athletic Club, the owners of the Leeds Rugby League team and and the entire Headingley Stadium including rugby and cricket at that time. He joined the Board of Directors at the start of the 1980-81 season at the same time as Harry Jepson OBE. After a decade on the board, he became Chairman for the start of the 1990-91 season succeeding Norman Shuttleworth. He was both popular and successful as Chairman of the Leeds Rugby League team and had the honour of leading them on to the Wembley pitch for the 1994 Challenge Cup Final.

In 1947 he married Marjorie Bussey who had been his girl friend whilst he was still a schoolboy. They enjoyed 69 years of marriage until Marjorie’s death last year. Their three daughters, Denise, Diane and Melissa jointly have 7 children and 9 grand-children thus giving Denis a large extended family.

He was very much respected in the business community during his long years in charge of the family businesses.His word was indeed his bond. He was also well-known as a very good host, parties at Woodlands Grange Rawdon (his home for most of his married life) are still fondly remembered by many who were guests there.

He had a long and very full life and will be much missed.

A Memorial Service (following a private cremation) will be held at Christchurch Harrogate on Wednesday October 18th at 1.20pm. The Leeds Rhinos team will wear black armbands as a mark of respect during the Betfred Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford.