Tributes to ‘wonderful’ friend and father ‘Len’

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LOVED ones have united to pay tribute to Leonard ‘Len’ Russell, who died last month aged 94, ahead of his funeral tomorrow afternoon.

Long-time friend and chairman of the city’s Dickens Fellowship, Tim Suffolk, used to meet Leonard at the Manor House in Cosham for a cup of tea every Friday.

Their tradition followed on from one the late pilot shared with his wife before she died in 2014.

Remembering his pal, Mr Suffolk said: ‘I will miss Len very much.

‘He was a very good-hearted, generous and kind man and he was a wonderful friend.

‘He had a great sense of humour – often self-deprecating – which did not fail him until the final days of his life.’

Leonard and Jean’s only son, John, 70, praised his parents ‘unconditional support’ for him.

He said: ‘Dad was open to anything and as parents he and my mother ticked all the boxes.

‘Myself and dad’s contemporaries – and even their children – will be there to show our support tomorrow.’