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Tributes paid to Labour stalwart

TRIBUTES have flooded in for one of the borough’s oldest men, who died following a fall last month.

TRIBUTES have flooded in for one of the borough’s oldest men, who died following a fall last month.

Arthur Russell, who still lived at his own home in Shirley, died just a few days before his 102nd birthday.

He was well-known in the local area and was a long-standing member of the Solihull and Meriden Labour Party.

Chairman David Brittin said Arthur was a “remarkable” man, who had lived a full and active life.

“His mind remained active to the very last and he completed a Sudoku puzzle only the day before he died. He will be greatly missed.”

Until this year, he still regularly attended meetings and had flown to Mexico and Canada within the last two-years.

Born in the Black Country, Arthur came into the world only weeks after his father had won gold in the steeplechase at the 1908 London Olympics.

He had lived in Shirley for around 75 years and spent all his life in the printing industry.

During the Second World War, he served with the 11th Armoured Division and helped to liberate Belsen concentration camp.

Fiercely independent, he still lived on his own, in Stroud Road, a home he had shared with wife Evelyn, who died in 1989.

Arthur is survived by his three daughters, ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

His funeral service takes place next Tuesday at St James the Great, Shirley, followed by interment at Martley parish church, Worcestershire.

 

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