Tributes to Preston man who put diabetes support on map

MISSED: Leo Joseph Bury, who was treasurer of a children's diabetes support group

MISSED: Leo Joseph Bury, who was treasurer of a children's diabetes support group

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Tributes have been paid to a charity stalwart who has died suddenly aged 78.

With wife Barbara, Leo Bury worked tirelessly to raise thousands for the Parents and Children Diabetes Support Group after their daughter Joanne was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1981 aged 12.

He succeeded in business and his charity work and yet many of his close friends do not know the extent of his work for charity.

To bring money in, Mr Bury who was born in Lulworth Avenue, Preston, took part in a sponsored parachute jump and organised concerts and casino nights.

Through his work as district manager for the Prudential Assurance Company in Preston, he also recruited the support of numerous local businessmen, international companies and celebrities.

His son Andrew said: “He continually topped the country in his business efforts so he was not a man to take no for an answer.

“He was not arrogant in any way just persuasive in what he believed in.”

Under the supervision of Dr Sadru Jivanni at Blackburn Royal Hospital, the group provided support for children with diabetes across the North 
West to understand their condition and manage their daily health.

With further fundraising the group were able to contribute towards the training of a specialist nurse and provided day trips residential trips.

Mr Bury married Barbara in 1962 and they lived in Preston before moving to Langho in 1975.

In retirement he enjoyed gardening, golf, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Son Andrew said: “He was very modest, never wanted any recognition just got on with the job to the best of his ability.

“He succeeded in business and his charity work and yet many of his close friends do not know the extent of his work for charity.”

A funeral service will be held at St Mary’s Church, Langho at 11.30am on Monday, October 19.