Died: 25th January 2015
Notes: An obituary has been provided.
Mr Lees, who died at the age of 84, was born in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, attended Stockport Grammar School and went on to study economics and modern history at Manchester University.
After graduating with a BA (hons), he gained an MA in politics.
During National Service he was commissioned into the Intelligence Corps and, among other places, served in Cyprus with the Royal Signals.
After returning to civilian life and a spell in private industry, he was recalled at the time of the Suez emergency.
He then decided to make his career in education, starting at Leigh Technical College, where he became head of the business and commerce department.
He came to the IW College in 1970, became vice-principal in 1973 and retired as acting principal in 1988.
He founded a residents’ association to resist inappropriate development in Pondwell, where he lived in retirement.
Mr Lees served his community for some years as a Conservative county councillor and as parish councillor for Nettlestone and Seaview.
For a time he was on the board of governors of Ryde School.
He spoke French and German fluently, and liked travelling. He had many interests and was known for his immense knowledge in the field of military history.
He leaves his wife, Helga, sons, Christoph and Martin, and five grandsons.
A private service at the IW Crematorium at Whippingham was held.