FREDERICK (Fred) Couzens, formerly of Essendine, died at Worth Court, Bourne, aged 88. The funeral service took place at St Mary’s Church, Essendine, the Rev Jo Saunders officiated and Daniel Ashmore was organist. Interment followed at Essendine Churchyard.
Donations of £562 were made to Notts and Lincs Air Ambulance.
Born at Rose Cottage, Essendine, Fred was the eldest son of the late Mr and Mrs Harold Couzens. He was educated at Essendine village school and joined the Royal Marines in 1941. After service in Iceland and Singapore, he was demobilised in 1946. Employment with Minneapolis Moline was followed by 30 years as a crane driver with Allis Chalmers/Fiat-Allis. His final employment was with Blackstones for six years before retirement in 1990.
On retirement Fred became Essendine’s Mr Fixit. If he saw anything that needed doing, such as keeping the bus shelter clean and any minor repairs, he would do it, often without people being aware. He served as caretaker of the village hall and as a member of the Village Hall Management Committee. Fred loved sport, and was a keen supporter of Peterborough United Football Club. He was a member of Ryhall branch of the Royal British Legion and enjoyed listening to music, doing puzzle books and playing bingo with his wife Joyce.
He married Joyce Shakespeare, a Land Army girl, 64 years ago and they had three sons and two daughters. Being a devout family man he loved having his children and their families around him.
He leaves his widow Joyce and children Melvyn, Leonora and Martyn. His daughter Hilary and son Andrew pre-deceased him.
Family mourners included: Joyce Couzens, Melvyn Couzens and Jane, Leonora and Mick Walton, Martyn Couzens and Carol, Bev Couzens and Steve, Leon and Wendette Christian, Jadeane and Courtney (representing Vernon), Anita and Nick Round, Hayley, Connor and Megan, Jason Christian and Lisa, Alex Knight and Natalie (Ryan), Michelle and Kerry Asker, Ben (Callum, Daniel and Lily), Lewis Southwood (Stacey and Lucas), James Couzens (Jack and Jessica), Kathleen and Andrew Bailey, Samantha Walton and Stephen, Matthew Couzens (Emma), Stacey Couzens and Luke, Stuart Couzens, Jim Spindlow (Sue and family, Jakki and family), Pete and Eileen Couzens, Vic Couzens, Colin Christian, Bernard Couzens (brother).
Sympathisers included: Les Kirby, Andy Hill, Alan and Margaret Tilley (family), Bet Dearmer, Mrs M Martin (Mr T Martin, Mr and Mrs A Bagley), Mrs J Bagley (Mr W Bagley, Keith and family), Gordon Bland, Adele Stainsby, Brian and Sue Lane (Daphne Cooke), Mr and Mrs Richard Parkinson, Mr P Christian and Kathy Hicks, Gordon and Jackie Templeman, David and Linda Parker (Lyn and Andre Debarr, family), Dennis and Joan Taylor (Chris and Daisy Taylor), Kitty Sheehan and Bridget Carr (family), Tony and Dawn Brown (Kevin and Sharron Bannister, Lorraine and John Balcham), Jan Cocks (Alan Cocks, Emma Cocks), Reg and Jo-Anne Kimonides, Garry Hallam (Angela Hallam), Jasmine Sorbi (Josh Sorbi, David and Christine Hallam), Rose Krezwell (Grace, Barbara, Joyce and Barry, Phyllis and Roger, Leanne, Gary and Claire), Patrick and Jenny Arden (John, Dennis and family), Thelma Hallam (Ron Hallam and James, Marzie Crane), Brenda and Chalky White (Mark White, M & M Motorcycles), Mr and Mrs M Waters (Ryhall British Legion, Brian Curtis, Mr and Mrs C Cameron), Andrew and Christine Baldock, Jean Williams (Ray Williams, Eileen Pattinson), Sue Parnham (Joan Phillips), E Lenton, George Burks, Graham Johnson (family), John Yeo and Paul Allen (Homecare Helpline), Emma Harrington, Rachel Bateman and Marie Madgwick (Lace Housing/Worth Court), Monty Turner, L Laybourn (Ryhall British Legion), F Edgeley (Ryhall British Legion standard bearer).