HE WAS a popular postman who residents trusted. Harking back to the days when everyone knew their local roundsman, Arthur Hind would pop into neighbours’ houses while they were on holiday to check things were OK.
Now tributes have been paid to Mr Hind, who has died at the age of 63.
Mr Hind, of Jubilee Road, Waterlooville, was taken ill with leukaemia last November and had been receiving treatment at Queen Alexandra Hospital for the last three months.
He married his long-term partner Jan in a bedside ceremony in December.
Paying tribute to his brother, Bob, a columnist for The News who contributes to our Remember When pages, said Arthur was a pillar of the community.
He said: ‘His customers trusted him so much that when they went on holiday some gave him their house keys and each evening while they were away Arthur would go around and turn the lights on to deter burglars.
‘In the morning, on his round, he would turn them off again.
‘As you can imagine, his house was like an off licence at Christmas with all his gifts.’
Mr Hind was born at St Mary’s Hospital, Milton, in 1948 and his parents moved to the Leigh Park estate in 1949 when much of it was still fields and it was known as Stockheath.
Attending Riders Lane, Barncroft, Broomfield and Oak Park schools, he left education and joined the Co-op in Park Parade as a trainee butcher, working his way up to manager.
His hobby in the 1960s was cricket and 10-pin bowling at the Ambassador in Somborne Drive, gaining many trophies. One was for 10 consecutive strikes. An accident with a bandsaw saw him having to give up on the 10-pin and try his hand at bowling.
He was soon a stalwart of the local bowling scene and bowled for Waterlooville, Denmead, Havant and latterly, the Water Company in Bedhampton.
When he was at Waterlooville he became the social secretary and each year arranged a charity bowls tournament.
Over the years more than £5,000 was raised for local charities, including the Rowans Hospice in Purbrook.
Mr Hind also adored cricket.
Bob said: ‘He would often travel around the country when a teenager to watch Hampshire play. He was a traditionalist and hated the “pyjama game” of today. Always a whites and red ball man.’
Later in life Mr Hind became a postman, based in Waterlooville. He became depot manager at Bognor Regis until he retired last March. Bob added: ‘There was nothing they could do for him in the end and his family managed to get him home where he wanted to be last Friday evening.’
He passed away at 6am on the following day.
His funeral will be on Tuesday, February 21, at 1pm at St Thomas’s Church, Bedhampton and afterwards, interment at Warblington.
· Born: May 8, 1948 Died: February 4, 2012