FORMER Coastguard and Bandmaster of Blazing Sounds Youth Band Leslie Perrin has died, aged 68, following a short illness. His funeral is today (Wednesday) at Ilfracombe Parish Church, 11am. Donations to his charities, Blazing Sounds, Make Me Smile and Mac

FORMER Coastguard and Bandmaster of Blazing Sounds Youth Band Leslie Perrin has died, aged 68, following a short illness. His funeral is today (Wednesday) at Ilfracombe Parish Church, 11am. Donations to his charities, Blazing Sounds, Make Me Smile and Macmillan Nurses, can be passed to Pearce Funeral Directors in Ilfracombe.He leaves his wife Ann, sons Carl and Neil plus grandchildren Harrison, Coral and an extended family.A fitting tribute came in a card sent to Ann by a former band member:"A generation of young people owe so much to Leslie," he said. "Through his dedication and determination we all learnt so much."At 16 he joined the Merchant Navy, going on to work aboard the coal coasters. After National Service he become a fireman on the railway, factory worker, Gas Board employee and later lorry driver for the former Ilfracombe Council and then North Devon District.When his sons were born he joined the Coastguard as a part time watch keeper and later as a cliff rescue member, where he stayed for more than a quarter of a century. In 1998 he returned to his love of the sea as a deckhand aboard MS Oldenburg, working up to Bosun and even going to college to study for his Bridge Watch Officer qualification.A family tribute read: "His life was filled with dedication, hard work, love, care, and attention to detail - in family, work and pastimes - a truly inspirational man to us all.