Laindon lost two of its favourite sons last month. Ron Williams who came to Laindon and made it his home in the early 1930s when his parents took over the Carlton Club (now the Winston Social club). Ron was a well known character who was a member of various local clubs and had just celebrated 70 years as a member of Laindon Masonic Lodge. Ron passed away just a few days before his 98th birthday.
Arthur Briley was born in Laindon in 1927, educated at the High Road School before joining his uncle John Briley in the family’s electrical business.
A. Briley Electricians had a small shop just up the steps next to Blackwell’s the newsagent in the High Road. Arthur was a much loved father and grandfather whom whenever I had the pleasure of meeting him, would regale stories of Laindon past. Arthur was also a well respected member of The Laindon Masonic Lodge. Arthur died just short of his 93rd birthday which he was to have celebrated later this month.