A devoted grandmother has paid tribute to her “salt of the earth” husband following the former Citizen of the Year’s death.
Marathon fund-raiser and Third Cleveleys Group Scout Leader, David Ford, died on June 22 after a long battle with Parkinson’s.
The six-time London Marathon runner, 75, raised thousands of pounds for charity during the gruelling runs, and was a stalwart member of Cleveleys United Reformed Church.
His wife, Dorothy, 69, said: “People will remember him in different ways, but he was a worker and wanted to help others.
“We were married for 47 years and I was always by his side helping him in any way, shape or form.
“Everyone knew him and were only too pleased to help him.
“He used to walk to church to put tables out, and would have carrier bags and pick up all the litter as he went.
“He was the salt of the earth, but he never said here I am, I do this and I do that.”
Sandgrown’un Mr Ford, a grandfather-of-five, was one of the first people in the country to secure an apprenticeship as a chef in the 1950s, and worked at Blackpool’s Savoy Hotel. He ended his working life as a laboratory technician at ICI, in Thornton, but his heart was in helping the various community projects in the town where he lived.
As part of his work with Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, he was involved in the first Gang Show in Blackpool – an annual performance by the youngsters.
He regularly raised money for the likes of Red Cross, Macmillan, Christian Aid and various Parkinson’s Societies.
This activity culminated in Mr Ford being awarded the Jubilee Citizen of the Year award at the beginning of the century.