THE founder of a Scout group has died after more than 50 years in the role.
Great-grandfather Brian Hoare was a boy Scout and had such a passion for it he set up the 1st Cowplain Scouts in 1961 when he moved to the area from Guildford.
He rose through the ranks to become a District Commissioner, and received his Silver Acorn – the top achievement in Scouting.
His daughter Anne Heelan, 52, who has three siblings, said: ‘My father was an absolutely lovely man.
‘He had a very funny sense of humour and was prepared to give his time up to help anyone who needed him.
‘He had a great passion for the Scouts and was still involved, despite being 79.
‘He could not take an active role in looking after the children at his age but he was behind the scenes doing the administration still.
’Through the Scouts my father was known by so many people.
‘He was absolutely brilliant.’
Mr Hoare believed all children could benefit from the principles of the Scout movement – to experience the outdoors, while interacting with others and gaining confidence at the same time.
He believed it helped young people reach their full potential.
He and wife Sylvia were married for 54 years and together they had 14 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Mrs Heelan said: ‘My father had leukaemia for some time but it wasn’t actually causing a problem.
‘But unfortunately an infection took hold and the antibiotics could not keep on top of it and his body shut down.
‘We were all there with him in the hospital and he passed away peacefully in his sleep.’
Mr Hoare, who was born in Surrey, was an accountant and had his own firm, Business Services Horndean.
Scores of Scouts are expected at Mr Hoare’s funeral on Friday, at St Wilfrid’s Church, Padnell Road, Cowplain, at 11.30pm. Donations can be made to either Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research or 1st Cowplain Scout Group.
• Brian Hoare, born June 16 1934, died November 22, 2013.