Death of community stalwart

A MAN who spent most of his life working for the people of Stevenage has died suddenly, aged 89. Bill Lapworth was born in Stevenage and lived in Longcroft Road in the Old Town. He became a scout as a child and in 1951 obtained the Wood Badge in recogniti

A MAN who spent most of his life working for the people of Stevenage has died suddenly, aged 89.

Bill Lapworth was born in Stevenage and lived in Longcroft Road in the Old Town.

He became a scout as a child and in 1951 obtained the Wood Badge in recognition of advanced training for adult leaders.

He went on to become district commissioner for Stevenage.


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He started his own insurance brokerage in the High Street in the early 1950s.

He was involved in the growth of the New Town in several ways - he was secretary of the Stevenage and District Chamber of Trade, and a founder member and first secretary to the Stevenage and District Probus Club.

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He joined Knebworth Golf Club in the 1960s and became a director.

His daughter, Jenni Thompson, said: "He was a much loved man who readily gave of his time to everyone and will be greatly missed."

Mr Lapworth died on June 24. He leaves behind his wife, Betty, two children, four grandsons, and two great grandchildren.

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