Obituaries: Harry Taylor

Harry Taylor

Harry Taylor

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The funeral of Harry Taylor, of Melton Road, Whissendine, took place at St Andrew’s Church, Whissendine, the Rev Janet Tebby officiating. Interment followed at Ketton Park Green Burial.

The funeral of Harry Taylor, of Melton Road, Whissendine, took place at St Andrew’s Church, Whissendine, the Rev Janet Tebby officiating. Interment followed at Ketton Park Green Burial.

Harry died at the Rutland Memorial Hospital, Oakham, aged 80.

The fourth child of Sybil and Harry Taylor he was born at Melton Road, Whissendine, where he lived for the rest of his life.

Although he didn’t 
enjoy school – playing truant frequently – he was a keen sportsman and particularly liked cricket, football, darts and skittles.

In 1951 he served his National Service with the Army and later worked on a farm and for Seven Trent Water before retiring from Butlers factory in the village.

Harry enjoyed fishing, a hobby he continued all his life, teaching his young relatives all the acquired skills. He was also a keen gardener, passing on his knowledge to friends on when to plant and prune.

He never passed his car driving test, but passed to drive a motor bike. He later drove a three-wheeler car but at the age of 70 hung up his keys for good.

When Harry fell ill in 2000 with Crohn’s disease, he took it in his stride and never complained.

He was a kind man and appreciated all that was done for him with grace and charm.

Harry was fortunate to have many close friends and neighbours and although he liked to keep himself to himself, he did enjoy their company.

He will always be remembered wearing his flat cap and wellington boots, and will be missed greatly.

Mourners included: Gladys Stokes, Thelma Gilbert, Mary Harrison, Doreen Tomblin, Stephen Gilbert, Kim and Rick Hutton-Hoare, Berkley Harrison, Tracey , James, Karl, Ben and Abbey Odell, Amber Wray, Mark Stokes, Tina Stokes, Emma Stokes, Georgina Stokes, Amanda King, Audrey Stokes, Harry Richardson, Keith McConnell, Hilary McConnell (representing family), Don Clements (Ann and family, Whissendine Cricket Club), Albert Wigginton, Anthony Watchorn (Michelle Pennycote), Ann and Les Palmer, Julie McConnell, Norman and Jose Thorpe, David South, John and Hilda Townsend (St Andrew’s Church), Mr and Mrs Dick Suter, Simon Pepper, Mr and Mrs Clay Young.