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Anthony Leslie Ayling
05 December 1926 - 09 December 2014
Obituary 
Passed away on 9th December 2014 after a strong innings of 88. A life's romance with his wife, June, loving father to Robert and Ian and special Grandpa to James, Kate and Charlie.

A service of thanksgiving was held at Hawkinge Crematorium, Aerodrome Road on Thursday 18th December.

Please leave your memories or wishes for Dad on this site or contact Robert at rob.ayling@bell.net. Any donations to local Donkey Sanctuaries would be the best way to mark the life of this fine, loving, gentle man.
Condolences  (4 of 4)
Neil Collings (Friend)
Nottingham
To Leslie,
You will never be forgotten. You took me up in my 1st aeroplane and let me fly; you introduced me to Chinese food, now my passion; we went to Paris and climbed the Eiffel Tower; our camping holiday's were fantastic, despite that fish...... You were always there for me and after all these years you are still making me smile remembering.

Sorry I can't be there.

Neil
john docherty (Friend)
folkestone
To Leslie

A gentleman i only had the pleasure to know for the past two to three years. It was a great pleasure and privilege to have met you and our days out on sundays were always great fun, although Sundays wont be the same the memories will still be there. As i always called you Wing Commander Ayling your at peace now and this world has lost one of its best shining lights. RIP my good mate
Janet  (Other)
Manchester
Leslie was always very kind to me and extremely thoughtful.
I was lucky enough to be able to take part in his sense of adventure - spending birthday weekends in Lisbon and Spain and celebrating June and Leslie's 40th wedding anniversary with 40 others in Epernay- the bubbles flowed!
He was a kind grandpa and wrote some amazing letters! We still have many of them!
He had a tough few years at the end but he soldiered on - in all the years I knew him I never heard him complain!
He left his " love of fish" legacy with his grandchildren and also his love of travel .... We will remember him fondly.
With love
Janet
Nick Brown (Friend)
France
On my very first day of training at British Airways the then Concorde Chief Pilot, with not a little amusement, handed me a letter rather prematurely addressed to me as a “Captain”. The letter was from Leslie and was, I was later to fully appreciate, written in his own inimitable style. Who else would deliberately address it like that? It was a wonderful and unique piece of encouragement and the thoughts it conveyed have stayed with me ever since. Even now never too much time passes without me thinking back to it.

The fact that I was able to follow my dream to fly was in no small part helped by Leslie. He was extremely generous to me and took me flying on a couple of occasions whilst I was still at school. Whilst others would tell me to stop dreaming and go for a proper job, he did nothing other than encourage me and spur me on. I will always very fondly remember him for that and for our subsequent chats with the hangar doors wide open. He would know what I mean by that!

I will never forget a most kind, encouraging and generous man. I am sure he will be missed terribly by his family and those who were closest to him. My thoughts are with you all.
Photos  (2 of 2)
Morrocco pool time Thumbs up! Leslie's favourite farewell
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