It is with great sadness that I write this post about the sudden passing away of Tony Lee, one of Waltham Forest borough’s most formidable youth workers.
On August the 13th, Tony Lee Fielding, Director of our borough’s “Estate of the Arts” youth programme, lost his fight for life.
Tony Lee lived and breathed our borough’s young people and helped nurture and support the talents of thousands of kids from streets and estates all over Waltham Forest.
I am devastated by his passing.
This is a copy of the letter I wrote to our local paper, the Waltham Forest Guardian, to pay tribute to Tony and to seek suggestions about a suitable memorial to remember him by:
I write to express my deep sadness at the news that my ward constituent and director of youth programme “Estate of the Arts” , Tony Lee, passed away suddenly last week.
Tony Lee was a true champion of young people in this borough. Over 25 years, through the inter college singing competition and his other arts projects Tony supported and nurtured the talent of thousands of local young people and kept many bored youngsters off the streets and away from negative activity.
I only went to visit Tony and one of his youth groups at the Outset Centre a couple of weeks ago and congratulated him on the marvellous performance that some of the young people gave at the Young People’s Caribbean Carnival and at the latest inter college competition at Walthamstow Assembly Hall last month.
I am devastated at Tony Lee’s sudden passing but comforted by the legacy he left our borough.
I have already spoken to the council’s arts and cultural officers to discuss a suitable memorial to remember Tony Lee’s work. If other Guardian readers have ideas for a memorial please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.
With kindest regards
Cllr Miranda Grell ”
Tony Lee, may you rest in peace.