KENNETH Eastell, a nurseryman from Shipley Glen who was in involved in local charities and social organisations, has died at the age of 88.
Most recently, he was a member of Baildon Mens’ Forum which he helped to found and service as a speaker finder, chairman and president. He stated in later life that this was the most rewarding experience of his life.
Born in Shipley Glen in 1925, his father William was a Scandinavian Salesman with Salt’s Mill and subsequently set up his own nursery on Shipley Glen at which Kenneth worked with his six brothers and sisters after serving in the RAF and then in the army in Italy and Africa during the Second World War. He also owned property in the Bradford area (250 flats and bedsits).
He was actively involved in local charities. He set up the ‘Talking Telegraph’ for Shipley Blind Welfare Association in 1946 and he supported this for 14 years. He organised the Round Table showbiz football matches in which celebrities (such as Sean Connery) played a Yorkshire cricket team, including Fred Trueman, in 1963.
He worked with Salt’s Grammar School (the school he had attended) to establish a French school exchange in 1955. He was the Youth Exchange organiser for the Rotary Club in Yorkshire (he served as president of Shipley Rotary Club).
He loved languages and was proud to obtain his GCSE in French and Spanish at the age of 70.
In 1970 he became a volunteer advisor for Bradford Citizens Advice Bureau.
In 1972 he founded the Shipley Probus Club and in 1975 he founded the Baildon Mens’ Forum. In 1981 he became a blue badge guide for Bradford, Yorkshire and Humberside, including York Minster. He was a keen amateur radio enthusiast and enjoyed cine photography, being a member of Bradford Cine Club and winning several prizes.
He is survived by his wife Betty, three sons (David, Richard and Andrew) and a daughter (Jacqueline), as well as 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
His funeral will be on Wednesday, October 9, at 11.30am at Nab Wood Crematorium.