A millionaire businessman who built himself up from humble beginnings in Boston’s Fenside, and donated millions to his home town, has died.
Town benefactor Len Medlock was a true ‘Boston boy-done good’ – and his legacy of love for the town of his childhood is still felt today.
The 89-year-old died on April 25 in his sleep, following a long illness. His funeral took place yesterday (Tuesday).
Mr Medlock was a familiar face in The Standard over the years through the generous work of the charitable trust he set up in 1986 – making grants of more than £26 million in the Boston, Bath and Bristol areas.
He had moved to Bath with his family some years’ ago, but never forgot his hometown.
Some of the many things he ‘gifted’ to Boston include the voluntary centre in St George’s Road, which bears his name, and building extensions to Fenside Community Centre and Boston Grammar School.
“He never forgot his roots,” said his sister Margaret, of Sussex Avenue, Boston.
“We had happy childhoods making our own fun and playing outdoors. When he came to stay he would always go to the places where we played as children. He was appreciative of the education he received here which enabled him to achieve so much. But he worked hard, even when he was a schoolboy.”
Mr Medlock was a self-made man who set up a successful engineering company that now trades as Sitec but he never forgot his humble beginnings. His father Robert was an farm worker and a lorry driver and his mother a housewife. He had four brothers and four sisters.
Educated at Staniland Primary and Boston Grammar schools he later studied at Hull Technical College before joining the Royal Navy in 1944.
He met his wife Brenda and they married in 1949. They had two children, Thea and David. Brenda died in 2010.
A book of condolence is available to sign at the Len Medlock Voluntary Centre.
Mandy Exley from Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service said: “He was Boston’s benefactor and helped so many groups.
“We have a lot to thank him for. His last donation was for the food bank at St Christopher’s Church.”
With £35 million still in investments to fund future grants – Len’s good work is set to continue long after his death.