THE funeral of Michael Townsend, formerly of Beech Avenue, Bourne, took place at St Thomas Church, Boston. He died in the Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, aged 52, after a two-year battle with cancer.
Michael was born in Boston, and moved to Bourne in 1968 with his family.
He was educated at Bourne Abbey and Robert Manning Schools, and furthered his education at Stamford College.
On leaving college Michael obtained employment at a plant hire company in Stamford working there for some years. Following this he and his brother David formed a motorcycle business, M and D Motorcycles, in Boston. He then worked as a taxi driver for Star Taxis.
Always one to work hard and preferring to work for himself, Michael went on to run his own taxi company.
He continued this successful business until his untimely illness prevented him from working.
A keen car enthusiast throughout his life, he particularly liked Jaguars and owned several.
He had recently joined Boston Classic Car Club, but only managed to attend one meeting in his “renovation project”, a Humber Sceptre.
When he was not enthusing over cars, his other passions included holidaying with his family in the Mediterranean, but mainly throughout the United Kingdom; particularly around Tenby in Pembrokeshire, a place everyone loved.
He leaves his widow, Pamela, son Stephen, daughter Tracey, parents Dawne and Steve, brothers David and Martyn, sisters-in-law Maria and Jane and nephews Alexander and Dominic.
The funeral service at St Thomas Church, where he was christened, was well attended and many of the local taxi drivers were present and lined the path leading to the church in his honour. Cremation followed at Boston Crematorium.
Mourners included: Pam Townsend, Stephen Townsend, Tracey Townsend, Dawne and Steve Townsend, David and Maria Townsend, Martyn and Jane Townsend, Alexander and Dominic Townsend, Sheila and Don Halfpenny, Alan and Joyce Townsend, Jean Townsend, Samantha Pittock, Mandy Harrison, Mick Everet, Georgina, Clarise and Diane, Lewis and Loren, Marion and Stanley Hewitt, Christine Dunthorne, Peter and Alison Thurston, Peter Moore, Ray and Olga Boyfield, and many more friends, customers and taxi drivers.