Obituary: Bernard Capps

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Bernard Capps

BERNARD Capps, of Emlyns Gardens, Stamford, died at Thorpe Hall, Peterborough, aged 83.

Brought up by his uncle and aunt, Harry and Grace Capps, he lived in King’s Cliffe until he married Elsie in 1952.

He met Elsie, a land girl from Leeds, at a dance in Elton, one of the many dances he and his friends from ‘Cliffe’ would cycle miles to attend in the post-war period.

Bernard and Elsie began their married life in Lilford, but in 1957 moved, with their two daughters, Hilary and Cathy (son John was born in 1962), to Apethorpe to work on William Tomkins’ Farm.

Bernard turned his hand to most jobs on the farm, but would probably be best known for driving the bus collecting potato-pickers from Corby during the summer.

In 1973 the family moved to Essex where Bernard was in charge of a herd of Charolais show cattle.

The situation changed and Bernard spent the last years of his working life in a factory, something hard to imagine for someone who loved the outdoor life.

Two years after he retired Bernard and Elsie moved to Emlyns Gardens, a few hundred yards from where he was born in Bentley Street.

Bernard loved talking to people and before his illness would walk into Stamford every day to see who was about and always had a sweet for everyone, especially the shop girls.

No matter where he lived his heart was always in ‘Cliffe’, not a day went by when he didn’t tell some story about the village and its people, and he was always happy when he met another ‘Cliffer’.

He had a marvellous memory, if only he could have written a book!

He leaves his widow Elsie, daughters Hilary and Cathy, son John, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

The funeral service took place at Barn Hill Methodist Church, the Rev Andy Fyall officiating. Interment at Ketton Park green burial site followed.

Family mourners included: Elsie Capps (widow), Hilary and Martin Owens, Greg, Ruth, Caitlin and Tom Owens (representing Frances and Sam), Kirsty Owens, Martin Whatmore, Cathy and Mike Cowling, Katie Cowling, John and Caroline Capps, Gemma and Lucy Capps, Doreen Genever, Iris Genever (Roy Genever), Val and Arthur Britton (family).

Sympathisers included: Rita Rickett, Jennie Burnett (Evergreen), Kath Egan (wardens and residents of Emlyns Gardens), Hilda Parker (Sue Williams), John and Dot Chambers (Stamford Free Church, Mary Davies), Jenny Nicholls (Nicholls and Shaw families), Rosemary Grove, Mel and Pat Campbell (family) Maureen Scullion (Savers), Richard Burkmar (Victoria Unna), Elaine Wigginton (Ruby and Walter Chapman), Alison Saunders (The Card Factory), Mr and Mrs M Clark, Joan Wakefield, Sybil Wright, Amy Munton, W Wyles (Mrs A Wyles), Jim Wyles (Sheila Wyles), Rene Giddings, Bet Skinner (Dave), Pauline Burn (Peggy Owens and family), Beth Brown (Beyond The Fringe), Karen Warr (Home Care Solutions), Oliver Copeley-Williams.