Statement – Remembering James Leek

Posted Tue, 04/07/2020 - 15:00 by MCS

Dear members and friends it is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of CCJ Trustee and South West London and Dittons branch Co-chair, James Leek.

When we think of James Leek, we see a beaming, smiling face full of enthusiasm to help in any way he could. From the moment that James became a CCJ Co-Chair, Advisory Board member and then Trustee, he was a force for good. James was always there to advise: patiently, kindly and thoughtfully. He was loved by all who met him: members, trustees and the CCJ team.

James was an active co-Chair in the South West London and Dittons branch of CCJ. He was deeply committed to Christian Jewish relations and also to the Jewish community and beyond.

In yesterday’s page of Talmud (Tractate Shabbat p.30) there is a description of the death of King David. Since King David was always engaged in good deeds (mitzvoth) God found it difficult to end his life.

Like King David, James Leek was always engaged in good deeds, mostly behind the scenes since he was a very modest man.

James will be deeply missed by all at CCJ. Our hearts go out to his wife Hilary, his children, his grandchildren and all those who knew and loved him

May his memory be for a blessing and may his family be comforted among the mourners of Jerusalem and Israel

Bishop Michael Ipgrave, CCJ Chair

Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko, Director CCJ

CCJ South-West London co-Chair Andrew Williams said:

‘I was shocked and greatly saddened to learn that my friend and co-chair of the Southwest London and the Dittons branch of CCJ, James Leek, died on Monday 6th April, from the coronavirus. James was one of the most warm-hearted, humble, friendly and thoughtful people I have ever known and it was a privilege to serve with him in our branch. He and his wife Hilary hosted many of our committee meetings and we were all touched on these occasions by his generous hospitality, kindness and good humour. Our deep condolences are now with Hilary and other members of his family in their grief. May he rest in peace.’

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