STEVE Pound MP is determined to find the relatives of an author who died a few weeks ago in a last ditch effort to save him from a pauper's funeral.
Edward Leeson, thought to be in his late 60s, died suddenly from a heart attack in PC World, in Ruislip Road, last month after living in Northolt all his life.
He is most famous for his biography Dusty Springfield: A Life in Music published in 2001, and for editing a series of anthologies.
Mr Pound often dropped in to say hello to Mr Leeson, and was saddened to hear his body lies unclaimed in Uxbridge Mortuary.
In a letter printed in the Gazette last week, he called on readers to help him find the late writer's friends and family so that his old constituent could have a dignified funeral.
Mr Pound said: "A few tantalising facts are starting to emerge and it now seems that Edward Leeson was born on the Racecourse Estate but bought the house in which he lived most of his life for his mother.
"There is some sign of a sister who may live in Ruislip but the trail is very cold."
If no relatives come forward in the next few weeks, then Ealing Council will be responsible for the funeral, and the Court of Protection will value Mr Leeson's estate, which Mr Pound recalls includes a valuable library of rare books, which the government would then collect.
But the loyal MP is still determined to give him a proper farewell: "Quite a few people have said that they want to come to the funeral and I’m determined that a proud and lonely man shall have a first class send off that will show how he was far better liked than he thought he was."
A neighbour said: "I couldn't really tell you much. He was a very, very nice gentleman but a very private gentleman. His mum was quite outgoing and we would chat but she died many years ago, about 10 or 20 years ago.
"It's such a shame he had such a public death because he was so private."
If you knew Mr Leeson, please contact the Registrar at Ealing Council or Mr Pound on firstname.lastname@example.org.