Saying good bye to a long standing Whittlesford resident.

It is with great sadness that I am writing this article but feel this is the nice way to reach out to anyone who may have known my father or waved to him whilst he sat watching the world go by from his house on Duxford Road.

The current COVID restrictions meant that we were only able to hold a private family ceremony for my father at the Cam Valley Crematorium with the service led by The Reverend Olivia Coles the village vicar. Huge thank you to her for a wonderful service.

Historically I would have posted this notification in the local papers however as these seem to becoming a thing of the past, I was not sure it would reach those who knew my father. Social media and the internet to communicate through is the modern way, however not something my father was comfortable with though, due to the fear he would press the wrong buttons and end up buying things he didn’t want. He much preferred jumping in his car to visit the shops to browse and buy things that he could touch and feel. Even in his 93rd Year, only suppressed by the lockdown restrictions.

Leslie Willmott was a local lad originally from Haslingfield, however has lived in the village since getting married at the Parish Church in 1952. He worked most of his life in Duxford at Ciba Geigy as a laboratory technician until he retired aged 63.

He liked nothing more than looking out over the Lawn’s watching the Cricket where I played for many years, the football and the children playing or on their way to school. He recalled when the Lawns were just open fields and some of the trees just small saplings. He supported the local shop and post office as much as he could as many of you do today. He whizzed round on his scooter in the last couple of years. The pavements will be safe again as he did like seeing how fast or far it could go.

He had a long and full life blessed with good health through most of his 93 years, until he succumbed to a second bout of cancer. I would like to say a huge thank you to the Arthur Rank Community team that helped my father and the family in the last couple of months, and to the Hilton Park Nursing home in Bottisham that cared for my father in his final weeks.

If anyone would like to leave a message in memory of my father or a donation to our chosen charity of the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity (who are an entirely voluntary organisation) please send to C/O Peasgood & Skeates, 44 Moorfield Road, Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4PP or visit Leslie’s personal ‘In Memory Page’ at www.peasgoodandskeates.co.uk.

On behalf of the Willmott family – Chris Willmott