Terry Haynes, 83, from Brierley, who had also previously won a Proud of Barnsley award for his community work, died last Sunday.
Shauni Leadbeater, Terry’s granddaughter, said: “Initially Terry and his friend Fred Wearing founded the Grimethorpe Colliery first aid team, then he later progressed to Grimethorpe’s St John’s Ambulance first aid team.
“He was a community man at heart having worked in the pit from a young age. He was a loving husband, dad, grandad and great-grandad.
“He devoted more than 50 years to the Grimethorpe community, the local schools and helped to train many people with essential lifesaving skills to which lots of them have gone on to progress in medical careers and travel the world.”
Terry’s tireless community work and love for his residents earned him many awards throughout his life.
“Terry was a wonderful family man who cared deeply about his wife Marlene, who was his loving wife for more than 60 years.
“He enjoyed many holidays across the world with his wife and family, and was lucky enough to spend time with his family in Australia too.
“Over the years, Terry received many awards for his services and work with the community and young people.
“These included a British Empire Medal for services to St John’s Ambulance and mining.
“In 2016, he received the Proud of Barnsley award for his services to the community.
“Marlene, her children, and grandchildren would like to express their kindness and thanks to the ambulance crew and all who assisted Terry in his final days.
“They are a credit to their work, their organisations and to Barnsley.”
Terry leaves behind his wife Marlene, daughter Yvonne and her husband Nick, son Darren and his wife Anita, grandchildren Shauni, Connor and Rebecca and great-granddaughter Pixie.