PHILLIPS, William Leonard (LEN)
Funeral report for the late William Leonard (Len) Phillips The funeral was held on 5th October for Len Phillips, aged 85 years, who died on 23rd September 2009, in Leighton Hospital after a long illness. Len was born in Weaverham to Alice and Albert Phillips and attended Forest Street School. The family then moved to Winnington. After leaving school, Len went to work for I.C.I., volunteering for service in the Royal Navy as soon as he was old enough. After training at H.M.S. Ganges, Len joined the destroyer H.M.S. Opportune, taking part in over 20 Russian Convoys, the Battle of the Atlantic, the Invasion of North Africa, the “D” Day Landings and the Battle of the North Cape (the sinking of the Battle Cruiser Scharnhorst). After the war Len resumed his career with I.C.I. at Winnington, moving to Brunner House and completing nearly 40 years’ service. Len married Alma Craven in 1947 at St Mary’s Church, Great Budworth and they were happily married for 62 years. Living at Marston, Winnington, Weaverham and Northwich. When he retired, Len starting organising reunions for the crew of H.M.S. Opportune, ensuring all members of The H.M.S. Opportune Association received all the Medals and Awards they were entitled to, from the British, Russian and French Governments. He was also instrumental in obtaining lottery funding for the Association. Len’s interests included fishing, reading and corresponding with old shipmates and people he had traced who had an association with H.M.S. Opportune, including rescued survivors. He was also a lifelong supporter of Northwich Victoria. Len leaves his wife Alma, son Russell, daughter-in-law Judy, grandson Neil and sister Joyce. The service was held at St Luke’s Church, Winnington followed by committal at Walton Lea Crematorium, Revd Carol Seddon officiated. Arrangements by George Bell Funeral Service, Lostock Green, Northwich.