THE funeral of Arthur Towell, of The Square, Ryhall, took place at Ryhall Methodist Chapel, the Rev Andrew Fyall officiating. Barrie Hibbs was organist.
Mr Towell, a prominent and successful businessan, owning companies in Rutland and South Lincolnshire, died at Peterborough City Hospital, aged 88.
He was the eldest son of Effie Towell, of Aldgate, Ketton, and was educated at Ketton School.
At the age of 14 he left school to work at Ketton Cement as an apprentice mechanic/fitter, until the age of 18, when he joined the REMI, serving in Holland, Belgium and France.
He was demobilised in 1945, only to be called up for another two years and serving in Germany, assisting in the cleansing of concentration camps. On leaving he returned to work at Ketton Cement.
In the early 1950s he established Towell’s Haulage of Ryhall and went on to add many more businesses to his portfolio.
He was a benefactor of Ryhall Methodist Chapel and member of the Road Haulage Association and Organ Preservation Society. He had an interest in current affairs and touring England with his De ‘Samba’ 92 Key Gerb’ Decap Street organ, along with his collection of classic cars and lorries.
He leaves his daughters Sandra Mapletoft and Wendy Missin.
Family mourners included: Sandra Mapletoft, Victor Mapletoft, Wendy Missin, Jeremy Missin (grandson), Iris Holdsworth, Janice Holdsworth, Linda Chapman (representing David and Caroline), Alexander Chapman (Sharon, Sacha and Saffron).
Sympathisers included: Horace Thompson, John Jones, Gary Hallam, Michael Horner (Jackson and Grimes), John Castley, Brian Jackson (B J Roofing), Barry Laughton, Victor Couzens (Yvonne Couzens), Gordon and Janet Dunkley, George and Emmaline Clements (Ryhall Methodist Chapel), Win Toulson (Elinor Hawksley, Arthur Cook), Steven Murphy, Richard and Hilary Moore, Mark and Sarah Bieri, Mark and Kirstie Bland (Justin and Hannah-Mae Bland and staff of Mark Bland Travel), Peter and Josie Bird and family, Adrian (Rutland Car Wash); loyal and trusted member of Towell’s Haulage, Mr John Wigginton and family; Stan and Audrey Spencer, Jenny Strawbridge (Simon and Lucy), N G Wann (Gina, P C Howard Ltd), G Thompson (S Gray), A Franks (Thelma), R Cunnington (Nicki).