Search

Free 40-page supplement celebrating the Queen’s record reign in this week’s Recorder

On sale now

WW2 veteran and charity volunteer passes away

12:33 05 March 2014

Harry, who raised thousands of pounds for many charities, died at the age of 89.

Harry, who raised thousands of pounds for many charities, died at the age of 89.

Archant

A D-Day veteran who spent the later years of his life raising many-thousands of pounds for charity has passed away.

Harry Silvester, of Randall Drive, Hornchurch, died earlier this year at the age of 89, leaving behind his wife Connie Silvester, 85, and his four daughters, Linda Cork, 66, Hazel Silvester, 65, Christine Wright, 60, and Julie Silvester, 54.

Linda said: “He was an amazing and lovely man that everyone simply adored.”

One of eight children, Harry was born in Plaistow, Newham, in 1924, where he grew up in a poor household, earning pennies helping his parents when he could.

Harry became an apprentice bricklayer on leaving school but, aged 19, he joined up to the navy during the Second World War, serving initially on HMS Colossus but primarily on HMS Northway.

He was a leading seamen who attended to and rescued injured servicemen on D-Day, on June 6 1944.

It was while on leave from the navy that he met the love of his life, Connie Geary when she was just 16 at a roller-skating rink in Forest Gate, Newham.

Linda said: “My dad craftily introduced himself by asking mum to straighten out the collar on his sailor’s uniform. They made such a beautiful couple.”

The pair then tied the knot in 1947 when they married at a church in Stratford.

Harry spent the majority of his life from then raising money for different charities, including St John Ambulance and the RSPCA. Both he and Connie received the Mayor’s Award in 1999 for raising around £48,000 for the animal charity.

He also became a first aid responder for Harrods in London in the late 1970s.

Former Harrods security manager, Gary Parkins, said: “Harry was hard-working, dedicated, and very professional. He was totally reliable and one of our prime first aiders at Harrods.”

He added: “He was a smashing fellow with a good heart.”

There were discussions of him being recommended for an MBE before he passed away.

Linda said: “He was so nice to everyone and will be very much missed.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

13:45
Almost a third of applications to Havering secondary schools for entry this term came from parents living outside the borough. Picture: PA/Dave Thompson

Havering’s secondary schools are being targeted by parents from as far away as Birmingham, Southend and Brent.

07:00
Angry residents outside the fire damaged plant

“£1million worth” of rotting fish has been left in a burned-out factory for two months – inflicting an “absolutely putrid” smell on nearby residents.

Corn Snake

The fire brigade are often asked to rescue cats up trees, but this morning Hornchurch station had to deal with a scarier critter.

Fire

An elderly man’s motor car burst into flames after it collided with a wall in Aveley Road, Upminster, early this morning.

Most read news

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Happy viewing!

MyOffers are giving you that chance to win an amazing Samsung 55” Curve HD TV.

Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder