There has been shock and sadness in Dickleburgh following the death of popular policeman and long-serving Royal British Legion (RBL) branch chairman Mick Logan.
Mr Logan was well known for pounding the beat as police constable in Diss between 1967 and 1974, and then in Dickleburgh until his retirement from Norfolk Constabulary in 1991.
He held the position of chairman of the Dickleburgh branch of the RBL for 24 years, helping it to continue to thrive today, and had also served as chairman of Dickleburgh Bowls Club for more than ten years, until recently.
He died suddenly and unexpectedly on March 12, aged 79.
What followed was a huge outpouring of tributes to Mr Logan, as well as offers of support from the community to his wife of 58 years, Jan.
Mrs Logan said: “I loved him and he was my soul mate.
“The reaction from other people is just amazing. I just cannot believe the respect he had from other people.
“I was proud when I read the tributes. I didn’t think people thought these things about a policeman.”
Social media has been full of tributes to Mr Logan, who has been described as a “proper copper” - someone who knew his beat inside out, its people, and who was able to give a troublemaker a ‘clip round the ear’ if they deserved it. But he also tried to help if he thought people were going to be too harshly dealt with by the courts.
His daughter, Lynne Logan, said: “He was basically a lovely, lovely man. The lads that have grown up around here and had a clip round the ear by dad in the past have even been round to pay tribute.”
Ray Dorrington, secretary of the Dickleburgh RBL, who also knew Mr Logan via the bowls club, said: “The RBL was his life. He poured his heart and soul into it. We’ve got 70-odd members and we attribute a lot of that to Mick.
“He was just a memorable man, a big man in the true sense of the word. People held him in high esteem. Everyone I’ve spoken to has this great sense of shock. We thought he was going to be here forever.”
Joyce Hammond, a long-time village resident and member of the Women’s Section of the Dickleburgh RBL, and former chairman, said: “He took his job as chairman of the RBL with the deepest of respect for the fallen.”
Horace Bunton, former Diss police inspector, worked with Mr Logan in the town between 1966 and 1972, and then again from 1989 to 1991.
He said: “Mick has remained a good friend and was a good and loyal colleague. He will be missed by my wife and myself and many more people whose lives he touched through his time as a police officer and since his retirement with his work in the community.”
He leaves his wife, four children, Sandra, David, Lynne and Ian, 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
The funeral is on April 7 at Dickleburgh church at 2pm, followed by a private cremation which is for immediate family only.
Family flowers only are requested but donations in memory of Mr Logan for The Royal British Legion (Dickleburgh branch) may be sent c/o Rosedale Funeral Home, 63 Victoria Road, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4JE.
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