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.
4 April 2021