Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Les Devoted His Life to Giving; Tributes Paid to Much-Loved Family Man Who Did All He Could for Causes

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Les Devoted His Life to Giving; Tributes Paid to Much-Loved Family Man Who Did All He Could for Causes

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Byline: TONI GUILLOT toni.guillot@trinitymirror.com @ToniGuillot89

A MAN who devoted years of his life to raising money for a stroke charity has died aged 93.

Les Spicer, a stalwart supporter of the Positive Strokes Club, would stay up until the early hours counting thousands of fundraising tokens for the cause in the Gazette Wish Campaign.

He first got involved with the club - which provides friendship and support for victims - after his wife of 70 years, Victoria, suffered a stroke in 2004.

He became a leading trustee just a year later, at the grand age of 80, and went on to raise tens of thousands of pounds for the charity. Les died peacefully in hospital on January 20 after battling a blood clot which had spread to his lungs.

Paying tribute from their home in Stockton, Mrs Spicer, 92, said: "Les was a unique character, who loved nothing more than to help anyone he could.

"He was wellliked by everyone, and he loved to organise things. In his own words, he 'was the best organiser in the world.'" ."

" Les was influential in arranging numerous club events,Les loved to Hawaiian shirt family in the including weekends away, holidays abroad, charity events and social functions.

Mrs Spicer told how the pair met through a family friend as children in Manchester, and - after much pestering - she agreed to marry him on September, 11, 1947.

"It was the same year as the Queen's," Mrs Spicer said.

"We had a lovely time. My mum and I made my dress by hand. Once we married, Les always referred to me as 'his good lady' whenever we went out anywhere."

Les joined the RAF during the Second World War, first as an air mechanic but soon learned how to fly Lancaster Bombers.

The war ended, but Les' love of planes remained, and he would often build model planes, some with engines, which he flew with his family around the country.

The couple went on to have three children, Malcolm, Susan and Rowena, before the family moved to Acklam, Middlesbrough, in 1967.

Les continued his career as a production manager at Dannimac before setting up his own business making tracksuits and soft toys until he retired.

He was always very much involved in charity work - which included being a member of the Round Table and the Lions North-east. …

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