Son’s trib­ute to ‘kind and gen­er­ous’ mum

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE ROPER

AN only son has paid trib­ute to his ‘very kind and gen­er­ous’ mum and ‘best friend’ who he shared a home with for al­most half a cen­tury.

Jane Leah, 72, was di­ag­nosed with in­op­er­a­ble kid­ney can­cer in Jan­uary this year and died on Sun­day, May 31.

She was a vol­un­teer at com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion Canal­side in Bolling­ton, where she helped out along­side her son, Simon.

The pair lived to­gether on Gawsworth Road in Macclesfield.

Simon, 46, said: “She was a very kind, gen­er­ous per­son who tried to see the good in peo­ple. “We were best friends.” A keen horse rider in her teens and a tex­tile designer by trade, Mrs Leah’s first job was at silk man­u­fac­turer Brock­le­hurst Wis­tons.

She later be­came head designer at tie man­u­fac- tur­ers JW Brookes.

While there, in 1969, she was as­signed the pres­ti­gious task of designing a tie for NASA.

Simon, a tech­ni­cian at The King’s School in Macclesfield, who car­ries out the sta­tion’s tech­ni­cal work and pro­vides PA sys­tems for them at events in his spare time, said: “It has a half moon with an as­tro­naut and 1969 on it, I’ll be very proud to wear it at the fu­neral on Fri­day.”

Af­ter her son was born, Mrs Leah worked as a shop as­sis­tant at a gro­cer’s, a fill­ing sta­tion su­per­vi­sor for Howard Barker in Bro­ken Cross and Tyther­ing­ton and a prop­a­ga­tor for SE Matthews gar­den cen­tre in Macclesfield.

Her last job was paint­ing fig­urines for Bollingate Prod­ucts.

Simon said: “She was very cre­ative and artis­tic with her paint­ing, drawing and em­broi­dery.

“She loved help­ing me tin­ker with old cars too, she had a good un­der­stand­ing of how they worked.”

Brian Moores, Canal­side chair­man, said: “Jane was in­volved with us since our con­cep­tion in 2003.

“She made an ex­cel­lent cup of tea for us all from the back of Simon’s van.”

He added that she was very cre­ative and made cud­dly toys to raise funds for the sta­tion.

He added: “She will be greatly missed by ev­ery­one who had the plea­sure of know­ing her.”

Mrs Leah’s fu­neral will be held on Fri­day, June 12 at 10am at Macclesfield Cre­ma­to­rium and any­one who knew Jane is wel­come to at­tend.

Simon has re­quested no flow­ers at the ser­vice but dona­tions may be made, which will be given to Macmil­lan nurses and East Cheshire Hospice.

●● Jane Leah vol­un­teered at Canal­side Ra­dio in Bolling­ton for 12 years

●● Ga­bor Bar­tos is a for­mer mayor of Poyn­ton

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