The BelSoc Trustees and Committee were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Neil Harris, our Treasurer. Neil served as the BRA and then BelSoc Treasurer for many years. He oversaw the financial side of our conversion to charitable status and was meticulous in keeping our accounts updated. He hosted BRA and then BelSoc meetings with generosity in his Belsize Lane flat. He was committed to keeping the Committee informed of the work of local charities and in driving forward our charitable donations.
Neil described himself as a North London boy. He was born in what was St Mary’s Hospital in Heath Street. He lived in Belsize Park for 20 years. A civil servant for nearly thirty years, Neil worked in the Home Office and the Department for Communities and Local Government. He was intellectually curious and widely read about all manner of things. We will remember him for his commitment to BelSoc and to Belsize Park. He will be greatly missed in the community.