Leonard Bernard Pyle.

Leonard Bernard Pyle. 1946-2021

At 11 am on Sunday 21 February 2021 Len passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family; having spent two years battling with cancer. Len was a Trustee and volunteer at the Aviation Heritage Foundation’s Welsh Spitfire Museum in Haverfordwest where he had contributed to the success of the museum since its inception in 2008.

The funeral service was held at Parc Gwyn Crematorium in Narberth on Monday 29 March 2021. The service was attended by Len’s family and the Foundation was represented by Len’s friends and colleagues. Due to covid-19 restrictions many of Len’s friends had to pay their last respects by lining the route and watching the service online.

Born in the east of England in 1946 Len worked for the Exide battery company in Dagenham and after many years he moved to Leicester, where he worked for a chemical company, before finally moving to Wales. In later life Len became associated with the Aviation Heritage Foundation; when they had to empty and move a portable school room at Prendergast to the site of what became the Welsh Spitfire Museum at Haverfordwest Airport. During the following years Len was instrumental in converting the building and then working as a Curator. Len and fellow Trustee Pauline Dennis looked after the museum at weekends and where they provided enlightenment and inspiration to the museum’s visitors.

Len skilfully built many excellent models for the museum and was responsible for the restoration of many of the museum’s exhibit’s that will continue to be on display for the enjoyment of others.

Rest in Peace Len. It was an honour to have known you.

Ray Burgess
4 April 2021