Warm tributes to district scout president and ‘true gentleman’

Tributes have been paid to a scouting president and West Ham fan who once painted his house in the team’s colours.

Stan Hall, 84, died at The Lodge Residential Home, Collier Row, last month.

Mr Hall, who lived in Highfield Close, Collier Row, for 56 years, painted his house claret and blue after West Ham won the FA Cup in 1964.

The widower, whose wife Margaret died in 1998, was president of the Romford and District Scout Association at the time of his death.

His scouting achievements included helping to create a headquarters for the 3rd Collier Row Scouts in Carter Drive, and securing a long lease from Havering Council for the Crow Camp site in Noak Hill. He also received two of scouting’s top honours – the Medal of Merit in 1983, and Silver Acorn in 1997.

A Romford district spokesman said: “Stan was a very kind and helpful man, who always had, or found, the time to help out other scouters. He will be remembered for being a good companion and for his contribution to many scout groups, and to Romford district.”

Due to Mr Hall’s influence, son Steve is involved with the Scout Association in Edinburgh, where he lives.

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Mr Hall, a former sales executive enjoyed a love of Essex and its churches and went to Ardleigh Green Junior and Infant School and the Royal Liberty School.


He leaves behind son Steve, daughter Alyson Ratcliffe, and grandchildren Alex and Adam.

Mrs Ratcliffe said on behalf of the family: “Dad has always been an example to us. He was kind, helpful, generous, intelligent, and a true gentleman – not just our observations but also the comments of people who knew him. We would like to thank Father Sean Shiels, who conducted the funeral service, and everyone for the cards, letters and donations.”

Donations will go to St Francis Hospice and the scouts.