FORMER local businessman and hotelier, Brian Foster, died at the age of 86.
Best known as the proprietor of Glendon Hotel, formerly situated on Sutton Road in Leverington, Brian Foster had a full, varied and interesting life and career.
Born in Wisbech in 1924, he grew up on his father’s farm in Parson Drove before leaving at the age of 17 to join his uncle’s seed firm, J.D. Gillett & Son.
In 1942 he was called him up to his local infantry regiment, serving in the Royal Corps of Signals and in the Royal Army Medical Corps.
After the war he returned to Gillett’s, during which time he became one of the most popular and well respected businessmen in the local area.
He left during the 1950s and set up his own business, turning the family home, Glendon, into a guesthouse.
Glendon Hotel became one of the most successful businesses in Wisbech and many local people still have fond memories of time spent there.
During his time as an hotelier, Brian also found the time and energy to buy, renovate, let and sell several properties in Wisbech. He was a member of the Board of Governors at the Boys’ Queen’s School and served on the committee of the town’s Board of Trade. He also grew increasingly involved in local politics and was elected to become a Conservative County Councillor in the 1960s.
Brian retired from the hotel business in 1988, selling the property and surrounding land to developers. He spent the next 22 years of his life in happy retirement at The Limes in Tilney All Saints before he died on January 8.
His son, Ashley Foster, said: “Brian Foster was a devoted family man and successful local businessman. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and many local people alike, but will be remembered with great fondness, respect and admiration.”