Tributes to long-serving popular car firm service adviser Dennis Leader

Dennis Leader (centre) with his son Darren and grandson Greg ANL-150429-173239001
Dennis Leader (centre) with his son Darren and grandson Greg ANL-150429-173239001
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Tributes have been paid to a long-serving popular car firm service adviser and family man who has died aged 68.

Dennis Leader, of Lakenheath, was one of the longest serving employees at Cecil and Larter, in Bury St Edmunds, after working for more than 30 years in the service department of the Volvo dealership.

Even though he retired aged 65, he went back to the firm, in Mildenhall Road, to work part time.

As well as his dedication to his work, he left a lasting legacy in a more tangible way than most as his son Darren, 42, is the company’s Volvo master technician and his grandson Greg, 18, is a Volvo apprentice. Service manager Mark Williams was his godson.

Managing director Ray Cawston said: “Denny was a great friend to me, his colleagues and his customers. He always thought about others first, cared passionately about his work and was loved by his many customers. But first and foremost he was a family man.” Born and raised in Lakenheath, Mr Leader originally worked as a car mechanic. He enjoyed car racing in his early years and was East Anglian Hot Rod Champion.

He leaves his wife Loraine, son Darren, daughter Maxine and four grandchildren. His funeral is on Tuesday at West Suffolk Crematorium at 10.30am.