I remember Les very well and was in awe of his gymnastic prowess. I remember going to see him perform for the RAF. Always cheerful with a bit of cunning in his smile.
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In loving memory of the late Leslie William Race who sadly passed away on 20th September 2014
Born to Olive & Fred in Thornaby, Yorkshire. Les has three siblings, one older brother Jimmy and two younger sisters Leila and Denise.
He joined the RAF as a boy entrant in 1964 and served in UK, Shetland Isles and Germany until 1978. Les was always involved in sport, rugby cricket and football. He was also a musician and played in bands and groups. A skill he passed on to his children.
When Les left the RAF he worked for a while in the Poster industry in Birmingham before joining West Midlands Police in 1987. Les worked within the Police family until he retired due to ill health in 2008. During this time he worked at Bournville and various departments at Lloyd House ending his career as Business Manager in Professional Standards. Les involved himself with the Sports & Social club and served on the events committee until quite recently.
Les continued with his love of all types of music and as the children grew older the whole family became involved in the Youth Marching Band movement with weekends spent at band competitions and practice.
Les was a caring and supportive father and very proud of his family, Andrew and wife Wendy and Samantha and husband Chris. He dearly loved his grandsons Max, Jacob & Jay as I am sure they did him.
He took his illness on the chin, like he took all events in his life. His saying was ‘You have to play with the cards you’re dealt ’ He battled for 6 years against his illness not complaining no self pity. He kept his sense of humour, cheeky smile and laughing eyes throughout.