Ralph Lea 1916 – 2009

Ralph Lea 1916 – 2009 (Rollestonian Article)

Ralph Lea died in June, aged 93. Ralph was born and spent his childhood in Woodville. After studying shorthand typing and bookkeeping at the former Bailey’s College in Burton he worked for Stanton Colliery, Ashby Council and finally the Old Tutbury Rural District Council (of which Rolleston was part) rising to become Chief Executive.

Ralph and his wife, Ann, lived for many years on Beacon Road and he was a strong supporter of the village. He played a part in securing Brookhollows as an amenity area before he retired, when the RDC became part of East Staffs District Council.

He was an Almshouse Trustee 1970 – 2002 (Chairman 1977 – 86) and Clerk to the Rolleston United Foundation 1972 – 2000. He was also a volunteer at the former Burton Advice Centre where, in spite of his office training, his standard of handwriting was notorious!

Ralph had been in poor health for some years but he will be remembered as a courteous, helpful man and supporter of the local community.

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