Former Melton estate agent Mike Pell has died after a long illness aged 69.
Mr Pell started his business in Sherrard Street in 1974 and retired after 31 years in 2005.
Although he lived in Oakham with wife Mary and family, Mr Pell became involved in community life here in Melton and local activities too.
He was a member of Melton Lions Club for almost 36 years and received the movement’s highest accolade, the Melvyn Jones Fellowship, in 2005 to mark his service to the community. He helped run the club’s annual charity golf tournament at Melton Golf Club, where he was a member, and started its highly successful Swimarathon in 2001.
In the late seventies and eighties he helped with the Lions’ charity pram races, the cross country riding event at the Defence Animal Centre and helped run the Children In Need auctions at a local garage in the town.
Mr Pell was chair of governors of Brownlow Primary School for many years and for more than 25 years chaired the committee responsible for distributing Christmas parcels to needy senior citizens in the town.
A keen sportsman, Mr Pell played cricket for Castor, Peterborough Town, Empingham, Melton and Buckminster cricket clubs as a pace bowler and keen batsman and enjoyed golf at Rutland County Golf Club.
Mr Pell leaves wife Mary, son Mark and daughter Emma and grandchildren Holly, Emily and Georgia.
At the time of going to press no date had yet been set for the funeral.