It is with great sadness that I find myself sharing the news of the death of Herman Leggon. Herman, who was 84, was a great friend to the ‘Bedpans & Bobby Socks’ girls when they lived in Cleveland, where they met through the International Students’ Group. They shared many memorable times together – ice-skating in the winter, barbecues and picnics in the summer, and countless evenings spent in Gwenda and Pat’s apartment talking and listening to records. When the girls had a party, Herman was one of the men who stayed behind to clear up, and who helped prepare the tiny apartment for 33 guests on Christmas Day 1957. And it was he who drove Pat and Gwenda all the way from Cleveland to Montreal when the time came for them to sail home to the UK in September 1959. A true friend indeed.
I met him too, in 1988, when I was travelling across America, and we kept in touch. I’d always hoped we would meet again one day, and it’s hard to believe that it won’t happen.
Much later Herman was one of the characters I wrote about in ‘Bedpans & Bobby Socks’. He became a wonderful ambassador for the book, something I will always be grateful for. Indeed, he was hugely supportive of all my writing, often being the first person to comment on this blog.
He had been ill for some time but I had started to think he was invincible! We will all miss his friendship and support, and send our condolences to his family.