TRIBUTES have been paid to the man who helped ‘shape youth services in Burton and beyond’.
Dinsdale Ernest Salter, known to many as Dale, passed away at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital at the age of 76 after battling cancer.
He was known throughout the town for his work with youngsters from the 1960s to the present day.
Graham Marshment, leader of the Burton Venture Trust, spoke to the Mail to pay a personal tribute to a man who made ‘such a difference to so many.’
He said: “I first met Dale in the 1960s when I was first getting into youth work.
“I remember he was very open, very approachable and very supportive.
“He was an experienced youth worker who knew his stuff and it was great to be able to learn from him.
“He had this unique quality of being able to know how to get the best out of youngsters, how to keep them interested – and not many people had that.
“He was terribly enthusiastic and you could not help getting caught up in his great attitude.”
Mr Salter worked as the Burton area youth and community officer before moving to be the East Staffordshire equivalent later in his career.
Mr Marshment added: “He helped me when I was first starting out with the venture trust, which was then known as the adventure club.
“He was also a part of the Consolidated Charity of Burton Upon Trent, a very prestigious role that he took very seriously.
“He was very good at that role as he knew the best ways to spend money that would benefit children the most.
“He worked so hard at providing activities for youngsters in the area and his face and name will no doubt resonate with so many people from across the area.
“He was very hands-on, very good at what he did and so incredibly well respected by all.
“His passing is a sad loss to so many people.”
Mr Salter, who died on Monday, April 21, is survived by his children Mark, Matthew and Mandy.
His funeral will be held at 9.45am on Friday at the Carnarvon Chapel at Bretby Crematorium.
Donations on the day will be forwarded to Macmillan Cancer Support.