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In loving memory of Leslie Charles Shakespeare who sadly passed away on 27th January 2020.
Leslie Charles Shakespeare was born on 22 May 1932 in Amie Street Battersea. He spent his childhood growing up in a large family and his mother had 11 children - 6 sons and 5 daughters.
He left school at 14 and worked for a local Painting and Decorating company in Battersea, working long hours to help support the family.
He enjoyed all sport, particularly at that time football and from a young boy spent many hours playing in Battersea with his friends. His left foot passing took some beating! He then joined Earnhill Rovers Football Club as a left sided winger!
He always wanted to drive and saved up to buy his first Austin 7 and he was very proud to be the owner!
At 18 he was called for National Service to Korea and left the rest of the family for 18 months. His role was a driver delivering supplies and ammunition to the various camps and sadly witnessed many friends loosing their lives.
He returned to Battersea after National Service and joined Battersea Royal Artillery FC and then moved to Morden Town FC. He scored many goals for his Team! Les was very sociable and always enjoyed a laugh! He was a loyal Chelsea Supporter and went to lots of matches in his early year's.
He loved dancing and in 1960 met Marjorie at a dance and married in June 1962, where they moved to Raynes Park.
He becamevself employed as a Painter and Decorator they bought a house in Berrylands where they stayed for 60 years!
He loved fish and within a few weeks from moving to Berrylands the fishpond had been built and many Koi Carp/frogs and newts appeared! He also enjoyed fishing.
Les and Marjorie had two daughters Julie and Lynsey - he loved his girls dearly and was very proud in their achievements.
He joined Spencer Cricket Club in Earsfield and practiced constantly in the nets to achieve a place in the 1st Team. He was a left handed bowler and was also a really good batsman too! Marjorie and the girl's used to watch him play and he met some lovely friends. He never gave up, always willing to push on when needed the extra runs to win the game. His passion for cricket excelled and he was still playing 1st Team Cricket in his 50s!
Once he felt he had achieved his ambitions at cricket and it was time to move on. He joined the Surbiton British Legion and achieved a place in two snooker Teams playing Snooker. He was very popular with his Team mates and they all got on very well together. He was so proud he had managed again to reach a good standard of Snooker in later life and would never give up! He also started to enjoy crib and met some lovely friends!
His grandchildren Jack and Katie, Emily and Daniel were born and he was such a proud Grandad to have two grandsons and two granddaughters!
Sadly, Les suffered from ill health with dementia over the past years at Hampton Care Nursing Home.
Les will be sadly missed by all his family and friends!