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Tributes to Dorchester community stalwart Harold Swain
A COMMUNITY stalwart who gave his heart and soul in service to Dorchester was remembered by those who knew him as a ‘happy man’, his family have said.
Harold Swain died earlier this month at the age of 92 and the loss will be felt by many people in the county town in all the various organisations he was involved in.
A captain of the 2nd Dorchester Company of the Boys’ Brigade for 28 years, Harold was also involved in a host of other organisations such as the Dorchester Disabled Club, the Trinity Club, the Dorchester Bayeux Society and a number of local sports clubs.
He celebrated his 70th wedding anniversary with wife Madge last year and had three children, nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Son David said his father, who served as a wireless operator on a Lancaster bomber with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, was Dorchester-born and bred and would be missed by many people in the town.
He said: “He just knew so many different people because of his connection with so many different organisations.”
David said his dad was probably best known to many for his sky blue three-wheeler carriage that he used to drive around town as he collected old newspapers on behalf of the Boys Brigade.
Harold was also a keen collector of silver paper and old stamps.
The former teacher, who taught at the village school in Buckland Newton and the Dorchester Secondary Modern School, had suffered from polio when in his 20s but David said he had never let that hold him back.
He said: “He used to play table tennis and snooker and billiards were his favourite sports, he played in local leagues – it didn’t stop him at all, it probably made him more determined to get on with life and get involved in things.
“If he couldn’t be active and play football or cricket like he used to he was quite happy to become a sort of administrator really.
“He was scorer at cricket for various clubs and chairman of Dorchester United Football Club, which he helped to start.
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