The Probus Club of St Annes-on-the-Sea
Leslie died in a Cleveleys nursing home in April at the age of 81.
He was born in Pharos Street, Fleetwood and educated there and at Baines Grammar School. He first worked for the Dunlop company but at 18 was conscripted to do his National Service with the RAF. For much of this time he was an Admin clerk at Bridgnorth in Shropshire, but as he was an accomplished cricketer he said he spent a lot of his time, sometimes three times a week, playing the game! On his return to civilian life he spent most of his working life in the retail shoe trade with Clark's for whom he travelled widely in the UK.
He married Betty and they had a daughter Gillian. He continued to be a keen cricketer and also excelled at golf, eventually being elected captain of a club in Fulwood. His wife Betty died more than ten years ago and it was about this time he joined our club and was present at most meetings. He was our chairman of the day on several occasions, most recently in 2005.
He lived at Talbot Court, Beverley Road, near St. Annes Road East.