Leicester-based Co-op funeralcare colleague bows out after three decades of service

A Central England Co-op Funeralcare colleague who has supported families for over 30 years has retired.

Paul Leete worked for the Society for nearly 33 years and was widely known throughout the local community and among his peers for the excellent levels of care, compassion and respect he offered to those who had lost a loved one.

From 1988 he held the role of Funeral Services Manager before becoming Fleeting and Operations Manager right up until his final day last Friday (4 December).

Paul was based out of the Humberstone Funeral Home, in Leicester.

Lee Dillow, Funeral Logistics Manager, said: “Paul was a real loyal servant to Central England Co-op and was highly regarded with everyone he ever crossed paths with.

“From families he helped during their moment of grief to professional bodies such as hospital trusts and coroners, he was known for his professionalism and high levels of service.

“He would receive such amazing feedback from the families he helped and supported, showcasing how much he valued his job and took pride in it.

“Paul has been an incredible asset to us all here, especially with helping to mentor and develop others along the way. We thank him for his incredible service and wish him all the best in the future.”


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Picture caption: Paul Leete with fellow colleague Damien Vaughan.


About Central England Co-operative


Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.


Co-operatives have always been there for their communities; they were formed to protect them and help them flourish. 


Our 7,550 colleagues who serve Members and customers work hard to ensure that co-operative values, principles and spirit flow through everything we do to help support and improve our local communities.


Owned by hundreds of thousands of Members, we have over 400 trading outlets across 16 counties including West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. 


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