May 2007 – The Funeral of Les Barrett
I have the sad duty to report the death of a valuable friend and fellow member of the RSHG.
Les Barrett was a founder member of the Ryde Social Heritage Group. Along with his lovely wife Ann, he worked with huge generosity of spirit to research the personal stories associated with the burials of people in Ryde Cemetery. Ann and Les spent countless hours in the County Record Office, reading through a variety of documents, scanning films of old newspapers, and researching the census records to find the details that provide the social histories for this group.
Les had been ill for several months, and in recent weeks had spent time between their home in Ryde and the Earl Mountbatten Hospice in Newport. Despite his illness, Les and Ann continued their hard work, finding pleasure and distraction in the detail of their research. He passed away at the Hospice in the morning of 2nd of May 2007, with his family by his side.
Les will be missed, but he has left a legacy for all of us with an interest in the history of the people of Ryde.
The Funeral for Les was held on Monday 14th May at 1.30 pm at the Crematorium, Whippingham.
Friends gathered afterwards at the Ponderosa, Ashey Road, Ryde.
If you wish to make a donation in his memory, please contact Taylor Funeral Directors – all donations will be given to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. A list of donations will be passed on to Ann.
Our sympathy is with Ann and her family in their bereavement. Please join me in sending your condolences to Ann in her bereavement.