Yesterday Birmingham Clarion Singers had the honour of singing in memory of Percy Lea, at the wake following his funeral. Percy was a valued member of Clarion for many years, until ill-health meant he could no longer sing with us. He remained in touch, however, and attended performances whenever he was able, accompanied by his son, Richard.
The service was a joyous celebration of Percy and the full and active life he lived, working with those disadvantaged and marginalised by society within the education system, and extending his great love of humanity through socialist activities and as a humanist celebrant. He was also a talented painter and writer, examples of which were available for us to see. His family – Richard, Des, Corinne and Brian – gave heartfelt eulogies, which again gave a complete picture of a man who loved life, and loved people.
At the wake, Clarion sang “Joe Hill” and “Brother Can You Spare a Dime”, two of Percy’s favourites, and also “Union Maid”, to honour his union and political work.
Percy touched many lives, and although he is no longer with us, his spirit will live on, in the hearts of those who loved him, and were inspired by him.