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Leslie Bond of Ascot Way, Accrington, passed away peacefully in hospital on Saturday 9th October 2021, aged 75 years.
Throughout his life Les was a hard worker and has had a varied career, from working as a Saw Doctor at Pioneer, as a Metal Spinner at Burco before joining the Lancashire Fire Service where he was based at Eccles, Agecroft, Accrington, Burnley, Chorley and Preston. Many years were spent at the fire service as a Breathing Apparatus Instructor at the Training College in Chorley and also in Fire Prevention at Preston. After retiring as Station Officer he worked for a short time for Ormskirk Council as a Fire Safety Advisor.
Les worked as hard in his spare time as he did when at work and was involved in many local projects, groups and clubs. He was a member of the Lancashire Author’s Association, Lancashire and Cumbria NHS Trust, the NHS Community, Mental Health Services and a board member for Mersey Care.
He was also a World War I Historian, including being involved in the Accrington Pals Memorial Chapel, an active Freemason and ran an art group for mental health patients in Blackburn.
In the 1980’s he was Team Manager for Blackburn Harriers & Athletics Club and presented Lancashire Drift on BBC Radio Lancashire for 12 years.
Les was also a keen songwriter and entertainer. He enjoyed writing poetry and monologues, as well as painting and playing golf. He was also a keen runner and competed in many cross country, road and fell races representing the British Fire Service. When not busying himself in all his activities he took pleasure in going away on holiday, especially to Cyprus, Italy and Malta and spending time with his family.
Les sadly leaves behind his devoted wife Carole, his son Ian and daughter in law Dawn, his daughter Samantha and son in law David, his much loved grandchildren Adam, Joseph and Matthew. Also brother of the late Alan, uncle of Stephen and Sheila, brother and brother in law of John, Peter, Bob, Josephine, Jennifer and Betty, as well as uncle to many great nieces and nephews.
Les was a well known gentleman who will be very sadly missed by all his loving family and friends.
His funeral service will take place at 2pm on Thursday 21st October 2021, at St John’s Church, Accrington prior to committal at Accrington Crematorium.
Family flowers only please, but donations are being gratefully received in memory of Les for the British Heart Foundation c/o Barton & Hallworth Funeral Service, The Old Foxhill, 136-8 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle. BB5 3DR. Tel: 01254 390542.