Funeral for stalwart Percy

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A FORMER Sheffield teacher, post office worker, preacher and scout leader has died aged 96 and is being buried today.

A service for Percy Asquith is being held at Coal Aston Methodist Church and he is to committed at the Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium.

He was born in the Philadelphia area of the city and joined the post office as a messenger boy, aged 14.

Percy was a life-long member of the Wesleyan and Methodist churches, a tee totaller and well known lay preacher who travelled to churches all over the region.

A keen sportsman, he started his first scout troop at Philadelphia in 1935 and in later life founded the Mount View Methodists scouts.

During the war he served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, training soldiers in signals.

His army experiences gave Percy an urge to teach - so at 48 he left the post office to complete a teacher training course.

In 1965 he began a second career at Newfield Secondary Modern, teaching scripture and becoming a senior member of staff and head of RE, before retiring in 1977.

A keen supporter of Christian Aid, he spent his retirement years in Coal Aston.