THERE was standing room only in Tinwell Church for the memorial service for Norman Lowson, of Sutherland Way, Stamford. This was testament to his long life which touched so many people.
Mr Lowson, who died in Peterborough Hospital, aged 87, was head of Ketton Primary School for more than 35 years. It was especially moving to see so many of his former pupils and staff present at the service. The current head, Amanda Rogers, representing the governing body and the school, spoke warmly of the many memories and the legacy he had left to the children of the village.
The Rev Jo Saunders officiated assisted by the Rev Malcolm Saunders.
During the Second World War Mr Lowson served in North Africa.
He loved gardening, and gave his immense knowledge freely to anyone who asked, especially about tomatoes. Such was his fondness for this fruit that he was known as the ‘tomato man’ by visitors and workers at the local nursery he spent a day a week at for more than 20 years. He was also a member of Stamford Probus Club for many years.
Betty, Norman’s wife, died at Thorpe Hall a few years ago and it was the quality of care that she received there that convinced Norman to raise money for the hospice.
He took some of Betty’s Beanie Babies each month for sale in the shop, which earned him the sobriquet ‘Beanie man’. He also sold plants from his front garden to passers-by, many of whom became friends as well as regular customers over the years. His homemade ‘totaliser’ was reminiscent of early “It’s a Knockout’ but it kept pedestrians aware of the money his plants had raised for the hospice over several years.
As well as a cultivator of young minds and plants he also, in some ways, cultivated souls. For more than 50 years he acted as a reader for the Church of England, taking services and offering solace, wisdom and advice throughout his time in local churches, especially Tinwell.
Bereaved are his children Susan, Paul, Nigel and Amanda.
Family mourners included: Susan, Keith and Karen Jeal, Paul, Yan and Christopher Lowson, Nigel and Gilly Lowson, Amanda Lowson and Car, Georgina and Luke Kaeppner-Smith.
Sympathisers included: Keith and Janet Green (representing Sally and Miranda), Anne and John McQuistan (family), Ben Fawcett and Jessica Browne (Janice and Graham Fawcett), Vicki Neve, Shirly and Sam Morrison (Richard and Marie Morrison), Pleasance Burroughes (Ellie Robertshaw), Carol Simmonds, Geoffrey Turner (Katharine Turner), Mr and Mrs Wise, Jean Maker, Brigitt Beaton, Gillian Williams (Dr Norman Williams), Graham and Liz Cooke (Sarah Lowther, David Cooke), B Hibbitt, D Quinn, Bob and Trisha Browne (Andrew and Pauline Makey, Rutland Water Garden Nursery), Margaret Woodhead, Helen Ball, Michael Whetstone (Jenny Whetstone, Ken Popple, John and Sue Geary), Philip and Margaret Agnew, Jayne and Alice Manby (Chris and Josh Manby, Diana Sutton, Pip Dexter, Sue Smith RWGN), John Wade, Sue and Barry Hippey, Yvonne Crow (Tony, Cheryl and Alan), Ray, Jane Davies (Nichola Nicholson), Sheila and Stephen Rowell (David and Linda), Mrs D Wright (Mr A Wright and family), Victoria Wright (Michael, Emma Rebecca), Christopher Davies and David Brown (Claire Mills), PH and Rev and Mrs R Nancarrow), Trevor and Diana Johnson, Maggie and Alan Cook, Jose Fox (family), Pat Kelham, Toni Brown, Dorothy Hepper (Terry Hepper), Alison Couzens (David, Robert and Simon Couzens), Graham Berridge (Mr J and Mrs B Berridge), Roy Prentice (Eric Prentice), Marian Freeman, Eileen Hodgkin; Maureen Rennie and Sheila Mason (Stamford Horticultural Society), John Craddock (Leslie Thiselton, Stamford Probus Club), June and Ray Dodkin, Dawn Aspinall, Marilyn Buckley, John and Wendy Hartley, Patsy Campbell and Anna and Robert (Mr and Mrs C Campbell, Paul), Peter and Mary Donn (Alison, Deborah, Andrew, Rachael), Gill Laycock (Lionel and Claire Cunnington), Geoffrey Palmer, Brian Gooch (Pauline Slator), Christine Ockenden, Edwin Gobett and Brian Appleyard (Stamford Probus Club), Mrs P Carter (family), Sheila Saunders, Pat Phillips ( Melvin, Julien, Roger and Nancy Morgan), Mr and Mrs Williams (Rev Elaine Jutnes), Trevor and Sue Palmes (Phil Gutteridge, Carol Gutteridge), David, Linda and Christopher O’Regan (Joanne and Paul Stevens and families), Amanda Rogers (Ketton Primary School), Michael Cooper (Michael Pearson), Brian Glover (Stamford Probus), Hazel and Alan Bradshaw (Michelle, Melvin, Melanie Bradshaw and Preston family),
Linda Cleminson (John Cleminson, Davina and Sandra), Sylvia Plant, W Plant (Malcolm, Beverly, Jackie and Doreen Mawer), Victor and Burnice Henry (David Henry), Bernard and Pat Thomas (Stamford Probus Club), Sheila Blankley (Elizabeth), Michael Ward (Stamford Probus), Roger Fuggle (Vivienne Fuggle, Stamford Probus Club), Peter Bray, Tim Livock (Stamford Probus Club), Joyce and Richard Knights (Garry and Tina Knights, Angie Cardell, Sue Knights), Shirley and Raymond Garrood, Wendy Phillips (Pheasant family).