A FORMER school caretaker and community leader has died just months after having a new block of homes named in his honour.
George Chatt passed away on February 19 at Coniston Lodge, in Feltham, aged 91.
In September last year, he had attended the opening of George Chatt House, part of Hounslow Homes' development of 90 new homes in Beavers Lane, Hounslow West.
Mr Chatt worked as caretaker at the old Woodfield School, in Cranford, during the 50s, and later at Cranford Community College.
He campaigned tirelessly for the rights of others. As secretary of the council union for 26 years, he boosted membership from a little over 200 to about 2,000.
He was also secretary of Wellington Day Centre, which he and his late wife Ivy attended, Hounslow Pensioners Forum and the Hounslow Federation of Tenants and Residents Associations (HFTRA), which he helped found.
Among other campaigns, he fought, ultimately unsuccessfully, to save the old Hounslow Hospital, on land now occupied by Halfords, in Staines Road, Hounslow.
His son John Chatt, a Labour councillor, said: "Dad was a very quiet, kind person. He would do anything for anybody. He was always very good to his family and was a genuinely nice man."
Mr Chatt, a keen gardener and photographer, grew up in Cambridge Road, Hounslow. He worked at the old Heston Aerodrome during the Second World War, repairing damaged fighter planes.
It was then he met his wife Ivy at a dance night at the Master Robert Hotel, in the Great West Road. They were married for 67 years before Ivy, whose career included a spell as dinner lady at The Heathland School, died of cancer in January this year, aged 87.
They lived on-site at Woodfield School and Cranford Community College before moving to Marshall Close after he retired.