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Leonard (Len) Jones 25 October 1939 – 02 January 2015
Len was born in Wigan on 25th September 1939 to Esther and Allan Jones. His brother Trevor was born in 1945. Len attended St. Nathaniel’s CofE Primary School and Hindley & Abram Grammar School. He wanted to follow a career in journalism or to study languages at University. But his father urged Len to get a trade so in September 1956 he joined the GPO as an engineering apprentice in Wigan Exchange.
Len was one of the last to be called up for National Service in 1960. He was posted to RAF Saltpans, Aden in 1961. In 1962 Len married Jean Gaskell and they had three sons — Gwyn, Oliver & Matthew (who sadly passed away in 2007).
In 1964, Len was promoted to Technical Officer (TO) at Wigan Exchange. When the opportunity arose, Len entered the Civil Service Limited Competition for Telecoms Traffic Superintendent (TTS). For that competition, Len had to sit three separate three hours papers which he passed coming 1st in the country!
Kenneth spent most of his working life as the General Secretary of the SPOE. His many achievements were recognised and appreciated by the union's member and many others. In an era of much industrial unrest Kenneth achieved gains for the unions members by intellectual argument obviating the need to resort to industrial action.
Prior to conference Kenneth used to suggest lines in response to various items of conference business. When the line was agreed by the Council the idea was the person speaking on that business used the line to construct their contribution. My favourite story is when on the then Executive Council Kenneth gave the line "it is otiose and should be eschewed" to assist Ray Humphreys in his response to a branch reference back. Instead of constructing a speech informed by that line Humphreys just read out "the line is that this it is otiose and should be eschewed " and sat down.