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Died 9th August 2002 aged 81

We regretfully announce the death of our Chairman, Alec Moretti. Alec was, with his wife Jessie, a founder member of the Wolds Historical Organisation, and they quickly became deeply involved in all aspects of the society.

Alec was born in Leicester, and moved with his parents first to London and then Birmingham. He was a pupil at King Edward's Grammar School, Camphill, where he became Head Boy. He entered Birmingham University as a Geography student. After his first year, he joined the Royal Artillery and had a distinguished service record, despite his abhorrence of war. He returned to finish his degree and began his teaching career at Bablake School. Soon after he met and married Jessie. In 1954, he was appointed Head of Geography at Loughborough Grammar School. Alec took an interest in school sports, he was a keen Rugby football player and referee.

Alec and Jessie retired to the bungalow they built in Brook Street, Wymeswold about twenty years ago. As a result of Jessie's researches Alec developed an interest in family history which continued after her untimely death. He had many and varied interests: gardening, rare plants, cooking, horology, meteorology to name but a few. He was a member of several organisations, among them the Archaeological Society, the Loughborough Grammar School Old Boys and The Burton Walkers (retired Loughborough Grammar School teachers), and was treasurer of the Geographical Society for thirty years. He was also a Friend of the Leicester Record Office and the Charnwood Museum. He used all the local county record offices during the course of his researches, in addition to the Public Record Office at London and Trinity College Library, Cambridge.

Alec was a devoted family man, very proud of his two daughters and happy to spend part of every year in New Zealand or, nearer home, in Norfolk, enjoying time with his five grandchildren. He was also a valued friend and neighbour.

He fought his illness – a rare blood disease – with quiet courage and resolution, and was actively engaged in researching his articles for the WHO Newsletter until the last few weeks. He has left us all the inspiration of a life filled with steady and fruitful endeavour. He made the past come to life and gave us a greater knowledge of Wymeswold and its history. As Chairman of the WHO, he held a linchpin position and will be sorely missed. The members extend their condolences to his daughters, Ruth and Margaret, and their families.

Originally published in WHO Newsletter 2002.

Copyright Isobel Foster.

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