Tributes paid to LBR of Wilbys

Les Rock
Les Rock

Glowing tributes have been paid to a well-known former chartered surveyor.

Leslie Beaumont Rock, who was the senior partner at Wilbys on Wood Street for many years, died aged 81 on January 7, after a short illness.

His daughter Elizabeth Rees said: “His ex-work colleagues have many fond memories of working with my father and said how much he will be missed.

“They said he was a great boss and colleague, very fair and professional. He worked extremely hard and was very successful in his career.

“I’d describe him as a really lovely man, and others have commented that he was a true gentleman. We were very lucky to have him as our father. He had an opinion about everything and would spend many hours debating sometimes the most trivial of issues over a pint or three.

“He led a very good and full and rewarding life and will be greatly missed by not only his family but by many in Wakefield and beyond.”

Mr Rock, known by his initials as LBR, started his career at Wilbys in Barnsley and qualified as a chartered surveyor.

Wilbys Wakefield was opened in the mid 1960s and Mr Rock later became a partner. He retired shortly after selling Wilbys to WH Brown in the late 1980s. Away from work he enjoyed travelling, shooting and golf.

Mr Rock is survived by his wife of 56 years, Maureen, children David, Simon, Michael and Elizabeth, ten grandchildren and four great- grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at Wakefield Crematorium on Thursday, January 29 at 2.40pm.

Leslie Beaumont Rock (LBR)was born January 12, 1933 in Timperley, Cheshire.

He was the son of Irene and Harry Rock.

LBR attended Barnsley Grammar School.

He joined the RAF aged 19 and flew Meteor jets.

Started his career as an articled pupil at Wilbys Barnsley and qualified as a charted surveyor.Mr Rock was married to Maureen for 56 years.

He died on January 7 in Pindersfields after a short illness.