Tribute paid to ‘real character’ as village postmaster dies, 88
TRIBUTES have been paid to a “real character” who served his community for nearly 50 years as the village’s postmaster.
Harvey Green, pictured, was a familiar face in the village of Cropston, serving as the postmaster of its Post Office for 47 years - including a decade’s work after reaching retirement age - becoming a key member of the community in the process.
A much-loved figure to many, he died at the age of 88 on December 4, following a short illness, and tributes have been paid to his generosity to others. “He was such a caring person and always put others before himself,” his granddaughter Helen Taylor told our sister paper the Leicester Mercury.
“All the family will miss him dearly and his loss has left a large hole in all our hearts.”
Born on June 24, 1933, Harvey grew up on Evesham Road in Leicester and was the grandson of Charles E Green, the founder of Green’s Jewellers, which was the oldest running jewellers in the city.
As a child, he attended Caldecote Primary School in Braunstone and went on to attend Ellesmere Road School, before gaining a firstclass diploma in pattern making from Charles Keene College. His younger years weren’t without some interesting tales though.
“He would always talk to me about how he and his friends would go and play on the railway line after school and put pennies on the railway tracks so the trains flattened them,” revealed Helen. “[You] can’t do that anymore.”
Harvey went on to meet his future wife Joyce at the top of the Eiffel Tower in 1952, marrying her five years later.
That came after he had two years’ national service in Hong Kong, during which time he had helped build a church for his regiment.
Come September 1961, the couple opened Cropston Post Office with Harvey becoming a beloved figure in the community very quickly. “Everyone in the village was very pleased for them to open and the Post Office quickly became popular, as my grandpa made sure all his customers were well looked after,” said Helen. “He knew all of them by name.
“When new people moved into the village, he was always more than happy to tell them the history of the village and show them old photos.”
For nearly half a century, Harvey served the Cropston community without fail.
That didn’t come without its risks, though, as the Post Office was targeted by robbers in February 1999.
Harvey received a cut to the head in the incident.
He eventually retired from his postmaster role in 2008 at the age of 75, but kept active for his remaining years.
“Every morning up until a few years ago he would cycle through Bradgate Park to pick up a paper from Newtown Linford,” said Helen.
“When he stopped due to ill health, regulars often wondered where he was and would always ask about him.
“I think he became quite a character as he would always wear his shorts, come rain or shine. I know lots of people will remember him and his tanned legs.”
Renowned for his good sense of humour and quick wit, Harvey had two children with wife Joyce, Elizabeth and James, with Helen being his only grandchild.
“He will be missed by everyone he knew,” added Helen.
Harvey’s funeral takes place on December 30 at All Saints Church, Thurcaston.