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Retirement after 40 years

Lesley Hornsby has retired from her role as manager of Heart of England Crematorium in Nuneaton after 40 years service to local bereaved families.

She began working at the Nuneaton and Bedworth Council in the Cemeteries and Crematorium Department in April 1972 and worked across all aspects of bereavement services for over 20 years, before the council signed off on the public-private partnership that led to the Heart of England Crematorium being opened in May 1995.

She then moved over to work at the crematorium, which is operated by Dignity, and was later promoted to manager.

Lesley was joined by her friends and colleagues from other Dignity crematoria across the UK to celebrate her retirement and was presented with a cheque in recognition of her long service, a bottle of champagne, gifts and a celebratory cake by Richard Portman, Dignity’s corporate services director and Jennifer Yardley, crematorium regional manager.

“I lost someone very close to me early in my adult life and that made me realise how important our work at the crematoria is,” said Lesley. “I have always tried to focus on the needs of the families we serve and to help them at this difficult time in their lives.”

Praising Lesley’s commitment and service, Richard Portman said: “Serving your local community for 40 years is a tremendous achievement. During this time Lesley has taken many staff under her wing and has imparted her knowledge and love for the job to each and every one so, while she is leaving us, her influence will remain. I wish Lesley a long and happy retirement.”

After serving the people of Nuneaton for four decades Lesley is now looking forward to spending more time in her garden and walking her dogs.

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