Funeral Service

Time: 3.00pm

Date: Friday 5th July 2024

Service Details:
Les's funeral will take place at Accrington Crematorium, Burnley Road Accrington BB5 6HA.

Leslie ‘Les’ Banner

On 18th June 2024, peacefully after a short illness Leslie ‘Les’ aged 77 years of Great Harwood. Dearly beloved husband of Cilla, dearly loved dad of Toni, Lee, Gary and Mark, dear father in law of Roger, Amy, Olga and Natalie, loving grandad of Jamie, Elliot, Harry, Lottie, Megan, Sophia and Lucia, very dear great grandad of Charlotte and much loved son of Margaret and the late Douglas.

Les spent his working life as a joiner and builder and became self employed. He was in demand for his excellent workmanship and attention to detail. He loved to help others and always had to have a job on the go. He was brilliant at solving building problems and was a visionary in the trade. Les then became a Building Manager for Hyndburn Borough Council. He liked to feel useful and loved working. Following his retirement, Les went to work at Sita Landfill Site. He joined the union and was a genuine champion for the underdog, hating unfairness. Les was very upright with strong values and his word was his bond. He then drove the digger for his son Lee’s company, and even had his own ‘Les’ keyring.  First and foremost Les was a devoted and loving family man. Home was very much where his heart was and from the beginning of their marriage, they would buy a house which Les would renovate and then upgrade to their next house. Finally able to buy their dream home – a small holding with some cattle, a couple of goats, rabbits,  sheep and a horse. Les was in this element pottering on the farm and the children had a most idyllic childhood. They always looked forward to throwing the bales up. Les and Cilla were a perfect partnership and spent all their time together with family. Their holidays were always the greatest of fun and Les loved the sunshine and a cold beer. He loved a good drama series on TV and kept up today with current affairs, reading his two Telegraph’s cover to cover – The Lancashire and The Daily. Les adored his growing family and becoming a grandad and great grandad softened him greatly and he gave the best grandad hugs, not forgetting all those secret sweet treats.  Les was a generous, kind and good man. He leaves the best legacy of love and happiness and will be sorely missed by so many and was truly loved by all.

Flowers are welcome but if desired, donations are being gratefully received in memory of Les on behalf of Brain Tumour Research. To make a donation please click the ‘Make A Donation’ button at the bottom of this page.

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    Fred roberts

    I’m so sorry to hear of les passing my condolences  to  cilla and all the family

    Jim Smith

    They don’t make them like Les anymore.

    Jonathan Kesse

    Les was a top man tough but fair and was a inspiration. He will be missed

    Tracy Robinson

    One of a kind. So sorry for your loss. RIP Les

    Lorraine Cross

    Loved working for Les. RIP xx

    Jonathan Kenyon

    A straight-talking kind of guy, firm but fair. My condolences to his family

    Steven Forsyth

    Les was a gentleman, he will be sadly missed but fondly remembered