Tributes have been paid to a much-loved and well-respected Kirklees Council officer who is reported to have died in a diving tragedy while on holiday.
Rob Dalby, 55, who worked as a green space operational manager at the council, is reported to have been diving off the island of St Mary’s in the Scilly Isles when his equipment is said to have failed.
In the wake of the tragedy, West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service’s Scuba Diving Section has posted on Facebook to pay tribute to its former member.
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A tribute read: “It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of one of our former section members. Mr Rob Dalby. 2nd July 1964 -28th July 2021. RIP dear Rob.”
The heartfelt tribute went on to describe Mr Dalby, who worked for the council for 23 years, as a “hugely respected and experienced diver” before going on to offer condolences to the council officer’s family.
Colin Parr, strategic director for environment and climate change, said: “We’re devastated to have learnt about Rob’s accident. It has come as a huge shock to the whole of the council.
“During his 23 years with us, Rob’s been a huge personality here in Kirklees and is such a popular colleague and friend to so many across the whole of the organisation.
“Our thoughts are with Rob’s family and friends at this truly devastating time.”