The Bradford-born Look North presenter capped a 42-year career with his final live broadcast from outside the town hall in October 2020, a day before his 70th birthday.
More than just a mainstay on locals’ televisions, he was a frequent visitor to the borough - hosting Barnsley Hospital’s annual Heart Awards several times, where those in attendance said he made sure to introduce himself to everyone individually.
The former history teacher told the Chronicle that Barnsley meant a ‘great deal’ to him having been a ‘big, big part’ of his life.
He was appointed an MBE in 2013 for services to broadcasting, and also won a host of Royal Television Society awards alongside his commitment to fundraising for Children in Need and Sport Relief.
BBC director-general Tim Davie said: “Harry was an outstanding broadcaster and commentator.
“He had a real connection with the public who saw him as one of their own.
“Loved everywhere, but especially in Yorkshire, he will be hugely missed by his many fans and friends.
“Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”