Well-known Wetherby man dies after short illness battle

Les Abbott (third from left)
Les Abbott (third from left)

Les Abbott died of cancer on Monday evening, July 25, at Leeds General Infirmary after a short illness.

He was an active member of the Old Men’s Parliament until his last visit on June 9. He was a well-known local footballer back in the 1950s and 1960s – probably one of the best from Wetherby, said John Trower.

His friends at the Old Men’s Parliament will have been raising their mugs of tea or coffee in his memory on the Thursday following his death and the Wetherby News will be publishing their reminiscences about him next week.

He was born in Clifford and spent most of his life living in and around Wetherby.

He is survived by his son Gary and daughters Julie and Tracey, and six grandchildren.

The funeral is at 11am on Monday at St James’s Church in Wetherby. A collection will be held for St Gemma’s Hospice, where he briefly stayed prior to being transferred to the LGI.