CO-OPERATIVE historian, writer and researcher David Lazell has died at his home in East Leake, near Loughborough, at the age of 75.
A regular contributor to the columns of Co-operative News over the years, Mr Lazell was employed by the then Co-op Union as a Consumer Education Officer within the Education Department in the 1950's.
Co-operative actvist and contemporary Trevor Bottomley told Co-operative News: "For many years David was the hub?of a large group of corresponding friends who regularly exchanged views about co-operative?history and affairs.
"He was a talented and generous colleague?who did much, frequently at considerable expense to his own wealth and welfare, to help keep alive interest in matters co-operative and the value of co-operative fellowship.?
"He was a prolific writer and had a unique, unequalled knowledge of co-operative journalism and journalists in the whole of the 20th century."?
The funeral will be at Wilford Crematorium on Tuesday April 17th and further tributes to David Lazell will be published in the next Co-op News.