Obituary: Jack Starsmore

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Jack Starsmore

THE funeral of Jack Starsmore, of Greenacres, Yarwell, took place at Marholm Crematorium.

A thanksgiving service for his life followed at Nassington Church. Bishop John Flack officiated, assisted by the Rev P Konig and Mr J Goode was organist. Donations were divided between Yarwell Parish Church and Yarwell Village Hall.

Mr Starsmore, a retired farmer and livestock haulier, died at his home aged 91.

Son of Sarah and John Starsmore, he was born in Nassington and attended Nassington School, and Laxton School, Oundle.

When he was 11 he moved with his family to Vine House, Yarwell.

Farming was in his blood, and when he was 12 he was leading the horse pulling his father’s plough. At the age of 21 he was running his father’s farm with the help of a German prisoner. The friendship lasted with reciprocal family visits years later.

Jack was the last miller at Yarwell, carrying on from his father and grandfather. Ground corn and meal, flour and pheasant food were delivered in sacks and bags to local villages by horse and cart.

Twenty cows were milked and Jack delivered milk in all weathers, even by punt if there was a flood. On the day of his marriage to Grace at Duddington Church, in 1945, he rose early to milk the cows and deliver the milk.

After his marriage he moved to Yarwell Post Office, where Grace became post mistress and Jack continued farming.

Always the entrepreneur Jack started a livestock haulage business. His well-known cattle trucks were emblazoned with a star and he made many friends over the 27 years.

He started a caravan site which was also a wildlife haven, and was delighted when reed warblers raised a young cuckoo in the rushes at the edge of the lake.

A keen supporter of Peterborough Football Club, and member of Yarwell Lunch Club, he also loved family life and village life festivities.

He loved social gatherings and has been described as the first DJ, when in his younger days, he would take a radiogram round to village halls where he played Victor Sylvester’s music for dances. He also used an ex-army ambulance to ferry boys and girls to and from dances.

Earlier in his life he started rally driving and became a member of Leicester, Northampton and Peterborough clubs.

He loved welding and could mend anything, even his combine harvester and working parts of Yarwell Mill.

Recently it gave him enormous pleasure to put a new ceiling in Yarwell Village Hall.

With his cheerful smile he spent his life helping others and is remembered with love, as a true gentleman and friend, who had a great love of the land, the village of Yarwell, Yarwell Mill and the surrounding area.

Family mourners included: Grace Starsmore, Jean Green, Frank and Hazel Hinch, David and Sandy Ellis, Douglas and Julie Ellis, Graham and Barbara Ellis, Rosemary Roberts, Robin and Erica Ellis, Michael and Jean Ellis, David Ellis, Margaret Ellis, Jean Handbury, John and Sue Handbury, Malcolm and Claire Sandom, David and Juliette Cooke and Joseph, Ben Green, John Cooke, Jane Willis, Andrew and Alison Hinch (representing Rozalyn, Edward and Natasha), Rachel Butters, Amanda Ellis, Maisie and Nigel Stanton, Jeremy Stanton (Claire and family), Claire Smith, Caroline Horn, Robert and Dee Hinch (Joe, Katie and Rebecca), Paul and Ruth Hinch (Lucy, Christopher and Catherine), Trevor Ellis (Rachel and family), Veronica Curd, Charles Ellis (family), Keith Harrison (Rev Barbara Harrison), Christopher Bushnell, Joan and Chris Harrison, Robert Mills (Kate and family, Graham and Janet Mills), Dave and Sue Ellis Nixon, Ann Barrett.

Sympathisers included: Doreen Williams, Christine Band (Simmon Wills), Jo Booth, Jan Downey, Peter Riddington (Nassington Garden Society, Sue Riddington, Denys Cook), Margaret Bradshaw (John Bradshaw), Michael Brown, Georgina Hill (John and Brenda South), Linda Shelton (Charles Shelton), Sue and Alan Melton, Amish and Prih (Nassington shop), Julia Hart (family), Brian and Cherry Bonney (Jessica, Rebella, Jessie Bishop), David Webb (Bulley Davey), Mick and Kim Sardeson (Yarwell Lunch Club), Pam and Norman Low, Julian Lock (Sue Lock, Michael Martin), Richard and Sue Sardeson (Dennis and Pat Fenn), Tom Dytham (Margaret and family), Cyril Brighty (Ann), Graham and Anne Blagden, Diane and John Snow, Margaret Felston (Graham, Bradley and Craig), Tom and Wendy Tomalin (Grace and Bill Black), Michael and Sheila Bratley (Hindmarch and Co), Mr and Mrs K West, Jenny Knight (Richard), Audrey and John Sutton, Diane and Nick Lander, Jo Cooper (Judith Fuller), Jim and Audrey Singlehurst), Mr and Mrs M Wicks, Noel Dytham, Ruth and Jane Clipsham, Brian and Shirley Smith (Stephen, Joanne, Sheron and G Hallam), Patsy Byrd and family, Noreen Holt (Yarwell and Nassington Britannia Brass Band), Mr and Mrs J Stacey, Linda and Tony Dalton, John and Pamela White, Jennifer Rogers, Joyce Sharpe, Mr and Mrs D Hickman, Monica and Derek Couchman, Joan and Derek Harrison (John and Joan King.

John Dixie), Iris Simmons, Christina Simmons (Peter Simmons), Tania and Philip Whittaker (Len Chambers), Patricia and Michael Leader, Una Lemon, Raymond and Mollie Sewter), David Longfoot, Stuart Bish (Helen Clarke, Peterborough NFU Office), Keith and Gill Sewter, Brian Whittaker (Arthur and Jennifer Whittaker), Ron and Judy Cox, Anne Konig, Rosemary Lewin-Smith, Angela and John Cobley, Jenny Curnow, Paddy Curnow (Peter Curnow), Richard and Thomas Berry (Harry and Gillian Berry), Charlotte Winchester, Judith Burton (David Burton).

Kathy Hughes, Mr and Mrs J Relph, Betty Dawson, Gillian Hill (Daisy and Eric Winter), Richard and Valerie Major (James and Sally Major), Roger and Margaret White, Gilbert and Hazel Markley, Maureen Bird (Communicare), Una Rowe and William, Wendy Spencer, Ann and Chris Gaunt, Dave and Donna Sidgwick, Clem and Mary Porter, Paul Buddle, Dr S Little, Wendy Baxter, Jean Ireson, Sarah Hawkey, Mr and Mrs J Goode.