Fireman George Frederick James Rendall passed away on 25 November 1970 aged 67.

 

George was born in Shanklin on 18 September 1903, the son of Charles, labourer, and Mary Jane. He married Elizabeth Annie (nee Reeve) in 1939 and the Register taken later the same year evidences that they were living with George's parents at No. 1 Park View Villas, Yarborough Road, Wroxall. At that stage George was working as a self-employed market gardener. About the same time he volunteered to serve in the district company of the Auxiliary Fire Service.

On the occasion of his death the County Press devoted a substantial article to his life, some of which has been copied and inserted below.

Wroxall has lost one of its most prominent and esteemed residents...Mr Rendall gave unstintingly of his time and energy in the interests of the community and the residents have cause to be grateful to him for his devoted record of public service.

His market gardening trade was centred on the gardens at Appuldurcombe House prior to which he was employed by the Southern Railway at Wroxall. In 1959 he joined Ventnor Council as representative for the Wroxall ward and it was stated in the Press that many of the improvements in the village were owed to his tenacity and insistence.

In 1964 he was elected as the Council's chairman following which he was head of the Finance Committee. During this spell he was the driving force behind the provision of a local mini-bus scheme of which he was especially proud. 

Additionally he served as joint chairman of the Wroxall and General Welfare Fund, chairman of Wroxall Football Club, chairman of the managers of Wroxall School, governor of Ventnor County School, chairman of the Action for the Crippled Child committee, district secretary of the Rechabites and secretary of the IW Christian Businessmen's Association. He also maintained an interest in youth societies and particularly enjoyed membership of the Rylstone Gardens Community hymn singing society. 

He was certainly a busy and influential man in the district. Sadly he passed away at home, The Vale, St John's Road and left Elizabeth, two sons and two daughters.

 

Rest in peace Fireman Rendall.