Tribute to long-time Fleetwood and Cleveleys Lions member Stuart Gratrix

Stuart Gratrix, of Homestead Drive, who died last week, had been a member of Fleetwood and Cleveleys Lions since 1984, during which time he helped coordinate numerous projects in the community.

For many years he was the main organizer of the annual Fleetwood Swimathon, which has so far raised over £150,000 for a range of charities since its inception in the late 1980s.

Stuart, who received an award for his service to Lions Club International in 2015, once coordinated a project that saw Fleetwood pools filled with plastic bottles, to highlight plastic waste issues.

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Fleetwood Lions Club member Stuart Gratrix with an award for service to Lions Club International.

More recently, Stuart and fellow Lions helped create a memorial garden at a care home in Thornton which had lost several residents to Covid.

Along with other Lions, he has donated funds to numerous projects run by schools and community groups.

Jim Woods, Chairman of the Fleetwood & Cleveleys Lions Club, said: ‘I nominated Stuart for membership of the Fleetwood & Cleveleys Lions Club in 1984 and he became a truly exceptional member of the club, ensuring that we were very much involved in the of the Fleetwood. community.”

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Ron Kelsall, former Chairman of the Blackpool Lions, added: “Stuart introduced many new members to the Fleetwood & Cleveleys Lions and encouraged women to join the club.

Stuart was from East Lancashire and attended Accrington Grammar School for Boys.

Moving to Fleetwood, he worked for ICI at the Burn Hall site and was a shift supervisor for many years.

He was also responsible for forklift training across the entire ICI site and after retirement started his own business as a forklift instructor.

Stuart leaves his wife Mavis, two daughters and three grandchildren.

His funeral will be held at Fleetwood Methodist Church, Fleetwood Road, Wednesday, April 27 at 11 a.m., followed by a service at Carleton Crematorium.

As a mark of respect, Fleetwood RNLI lowered its flag after learning of his death and said on Facebook: “Our flag is at half mast following the passing of our great friend, supporter and volunteer, Stuart Gratrix.

“Stuart and his lovely wife, Mavis, have been volunteers at RNLI Fleetwood and the RNLI Shop for 16 years.”

Charles P. Patton