A committee member of the Isle of Wight Ex-Fire Services Association, he fulfilled this office admirably by his personal concern and visitation of any known former service colleagues or associates who are resident within the Ryde area, and this caring activity was further supplemented by his additional duties as the ex-service personnel representative upon the committee of the Isle of Wight Area of the Fire Services National Benevolent Fund. It was through this busy and dedicated work that Len and I became first acquainted, and thereby began and developed a firm friendship based on mutual trust and co-operation in our joint endeavours and efforts for the Fund.
His constant enthusiasm for every aspect of this voluntary and necessary work, whether it was mainland travel to be involved in National Council or Group Council meetings, fundraising public Open Days at Newport Fire Station, or the comforting of the bereaved widow, was always most evident and Len involved himself in every activity with the same quiet but evident caring and efficiency that seemed so much of his character and personality. Also possessed of a ready wit and a generous sense of humour, he could also be positive and forthright in opinion whenever the occasion warranted the need and expression of the same, with a ready smile to affirm his accord with any ideas or actions that met with his approval. A positive expression of the "family spirit" that characterises the Fire Service, Len was indeed a true officer and gentleman, and he will therefore be greatly missed.
In closing this memorian tribute to dear Len, I would wish to express much sympathyto his widow Betty, his son Arthur, his daughter Margaret and many other relatives and friends who also share in our great and sudden loss of a dear husband, father, friend and colleague and to also extend my grateful thanks and appreciation to ALL those who contributed towards the magnificent sum of £370.00 as a memoriam donation of Len to the Fire Services National Benevolent Fund. I know that he would have been immensely proud of such a wonderful and magnanimous gesture towards the ongoing work of the Fund that Len himself served so well, but please may I also be permitted to make a final plea on his behalf, and more especially to those former colleagues and ex-service personnel that he cared so much for!
Shortly before his passing it was my intention to work together with him towards the foundation of some autonomous local "town area" social welfare groups of former Fire Service personnel and/or their dependants, with these groups being additional to the I.W.E.F.A. group that is already operational here on the Island, and to advance the local F.S.N.B.F. efforts and endeavours in the location and ultimate assistance towards any former member, widow or dependant who may be in need of the Fund and its resources. The future success of such a project will depend very much on the response to its public promulgation from those to whom it is intended to benefit, so please may I politely request and exhort a positive interest from all those who would like to see such a scheme flourish and succeed, and therefore to be yet another memoriam tribute to our caring and charitable colleague Len in the year of his passing.
Thank you dear Len for all that you achieved, and for the legacy of kindness and example that you left for us to follow!
Fireman Maurice Fairall
Assistant F.S.N.B.F. Secretary