Leonard and Margret Tanfield
This bench has been placed in loving memory of Len & Margret by their children, Angie & Graham.
This location was chosen as Len had dialysis at the renal unit just behind where the bench is placed and we thought it would be of great benefit to patients waiting for taxi’s to take them home as they had nowhere to sit down if they were feeling poorly. Also for anyone else who would just like to rest a while.
The story of Leonard and Margret Tanfield
Len or Lenny as a lot of his friends called him was born at The Lund Farm, Alne Road, Easingwold, he went to Easingwold school. He loved everything about farming life, helping his Mum after his Dad sadly passed away aged 47 when Len was only 14.
Margret was born in a small village not far from Easingwold called Raskelf and went to school there.
When Len & Margret met they were together about 9 years before they married in 1964.
They used to love going out on day trips and holidays with family.
In 1975 their first child Angela came along, shortly followed in 1977 by their second child Graham. They had a lovely family life. Len & Margret were both very hard working people and had numerous different jobs throughout their lives.
Len was a farmer, made shock absorbers, builders labourer, built Dutch barns, bus driver, pig farmer, you name it he could do it. He could turn his hand to anything. Margret used to have a mobile grocery shop with her sister then she was a carer in an old peoples home and a cleaner at The Galtres Community Centre in Easingwold as well as caring for her Mum in her later years.
When Len “retired” he decided to go to work with Margret at the Galtres Centre. They started at 6am every day of the week. Margret also used to volunteer at the Galtres Centre, she ran a childrens club then an over 60’s club as well as helping out with the catering side of the Galtres Centre. She also used to do a lot of baking to raise funds for the over 60’s club and baked for family and friends and also enjoyed going to Clifton bingo in York with her sister a few times each week.
Len used to enjoy going out to visit his friends especially helping his friend Geoff on his farm near Stillington.
Margret and Len also used to like going to car boot sales, sometimes catering and sometimes just for a look round. They enjoyed going for days out, going to the coast, out for lunch, drives in the countryside. They spent a lot of their time together until Margret very sadly passed away suddenly in 2011.
After Margret passed away, Len took a bit of time out with his Daughter and Son then decided he wanted to go back to the job he used to do with Margret and he stayed there until he was forced to give up work in 2015 due to his kidney failure at the ripe old age of 85!
He was told that he needed to start dialysis. He took it all in his stride, never complained, always had a smile for everyone he met. He coped very well with the dialysis, he still used to drive, visiting friends on the days when he wasn’t having dialysis until he had to stop driving in 2019 due to other health issues.
His Daughter was made redundant the following year just as the Covid Pandemic hit so took the very easy decision to care for her Dad full time. She used to take him to dialysis and pick him up 3 days each week, after the country came out of the pandemic lockdown they started going for days out to the coast, lunch, drives in the country, seeing friends and family.
Angie and Graham took their Dad away to Filey on the east coast for a few days for Father’s Day in June 2023 which was their last holiday together before Len very sadly passed away in October 2023.
Len & Margret were very well known and loved in the local community. Margret was well known for her baking and Len as a “True Gentleman”.