TRIBUTES have been paid to an ex-serviceman and long-term fundraiser.
Ken Aird, chairman of the Hawarden branch of the Royal British Legion, died earlier this month after a period of illness.
Mr Aird, 79, had been involved with the Royal British Legion since 1958, when he lived in Liverpool.
He joined the Hawarden branch in 1985, where he remained active in his role as chairman up until his death on January 10.
Alan Cathery, Royal British Legion Membership Council Member for Wales, said:
“Ken was a lovely man, always so pleased to see you. He came over as such a warm person.
“The Legion will miss Ken greatly, as will his branch and his family. We will not forget him.”
Mr Aird served in the Royal Air Force between 1950 and 1953 and proudly wore his medals during Legion duties.
He was passionate about the ex-forces community and sat on the committee of the Flintshire County Royal British Legion then the North Wales District committee.
He regularly campaigned with the Ministry of Defence against the closure of military hospitals and demanded priority treatment for ex-forces veterans.
His son Philip said: “Dad was very fond of his daughter-in-law Rose and very much loved his grandchildren Samantha, Adele, Melissa and Dale.
“He was also a proud great-grandfather of Alice and Sebastian.
“The RAF remained a very special part of his life and he was always proud to wear the medals he received.”
It has been widely regarded that Mr Aird's greatest achievement was the success of the annual Poppy Appeal in his area.
Mr Aird, alongside his wife of 56 years Joan, managed to raise thousands of pounds for the Royal British Legion through annual collections outside supermarkets across the county.
Broughton and Bretton community councillor Ros Griffiths said she had met Mr Aird when he organised the Remembrance Sunday parades through the town.
She said: “Ken was a very nice man and he was honoured with a lovely eulogy at his funeral, read by the Royal British Legion.
“I know the work and the value of what they do.
“He was a lovely man who put in a lot of work to the Remembrance Sunday marches and parades.”