From the monthly digital Blackmore Vale magazine death notices, funeral notices, In Memoriams and obituaries.
David John Laker
Passed away peacefully at St Denis Lodge on 10th June 2021 aged 83 years.
Beloved husband, dad and Pops. Will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Donations, if desired, in memory of David for the charities that supported him https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/davidlaker
Private funeral service.
May he rest in peace.
Died peacefully on Tuesday 15th June 2021 aged 86.
Beloved husband to Valerie, adored father to Kate, Emma and Edward and loving grandpa to Cameron, Casey, Callum, Jasper and Fiora.
Private family funeral.
Melanie Audrey Illingworth
Passed away peacefully on Sunday 6th June.
Beloved Mum to Marc and Gemma, adored Nanny to Phoebe and Harvey, and sister to Trudy and Richard.
She will be very sadly missed by all her family and friends.
Melanie’s funeral is by family invitation only.
For Melanie’s Book of Remembrance or to make a charitable donation in her name please see:
Passed away suddenly, with family by her side, on May 1st 2021, aged 87 years.
Devoted Wife to Gene. Dearly loved Mother to Paul, Michael and Barry. Devoted Gran and Great Grandmother. Much loved Sister and Aunty. ‘Always in our thoughts, forever in our hearts’
A private family funeral has already taken place.
Known affectionately as ‘Jimbo’, died peacefully on the 8th May s
He will be missed greatly for his ability to ‘live in the moment’ and gentle humanity.
A private cremation will be held. Any donations to the South West Air Ambulance Please.
Peacefully, on 19th May 2021
Dearly loved wife of Alan, loving mum of Christime and Louise, loving daughter of Annie and the late John McArte and sister of Jean, Peter and the late Francis.
In line with government restrictions a private funeral service will be held on Thursday 3rd June
Aged 79 who sadly passed away at home on the 10th May 2021.
He loved his Camping holidays and his dogs. And was a keen photographer. He will be sadly missed.
Private funeral has already taken place.
Donations to Macmillan Cancer Support
Our much loved mother Pamela Johnson of Sturminster Newton passed away peacefully on Thursday 13 May 2021
Robert Montague Frith 16th June 1944 – 11th April 2021
It is with great sadness that the family of Robert Frith announce his sudden and untimely death. A wonderful family man and successful businessman, a man of great humour, integrity and loyalty, Robert had an enormous passion for life and lived life to the full until his last breath.
To see the full obituary please click here
Died peacefully on 18th April aged 96.
Much loved wife of the late Cdr Dick Sutton RN. Loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Donations to Parkinsons UK via www.grassby-funeral.co.uk
A.K. Loveridge (Knocker)
Of Spider Farm, Sturminster Newton. Aged 77.
Loved brother of Stella (deceased) Ken, and Ruth (Australia)
You lived life to the full, never a dull moment. At peace with Pam.
Sympathies to Steven, Andrew and families.
Alan John Sargent
Of Sherborne, formally of Holnest Lodge, passed away peacefully at Yeovil District Hospital 22nd April 2021, aged 88.
Loving husband to Peggy, devoted father to Paul, David & Lynda, doting Grandfather & Great Grandfather.
Family flowers only please, but if you wish to make a donation in lieu, please send a cheque made payable to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance directly to Funeral Director C/O Stuart Foster Funeral Services Ltd, 27 Market Street, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1HZ 01935 508971
Death of much-loved Stalbridge ex-teacher Pam Roberts
Many ex-pupils of St Mary’s Primary School will be saddened by the death of ex-head teacher Pam Roxburgh (née Roberts) who died early last month in Blandford Hospital.
As ‘Miss Roberts,’ Pam taught at Stalbridge for in the 1970s before being appointed head of a primary school in Cornwall. She returned to Stalbridge as head of St Mary’s.
For the full oblituary please read here
Remembering Mike, a dear husband, father and grandfather, died March 19, 2021.
Always remembered. – Much Love, Margaret, Sheila, Petra, Neil and families
Paul John Deram
Died peacefully at home on 10th March aged 78
Will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Funeral has already taken place. Donations please to the MacMillan Trust
A Life Remembered
1st April 1993
Remembering a kind husband and dad who left us so suddenly
Jan, sons and family
Of Bourton passed away peacefully at home on 26th February 2021, surrounded by his family.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
The family requests that a donation be made to Salisbury Hospice Charity via https://adriancox.muchloved.com/ in lieu of flowers.
27/03/1980 – Martin Cowan (Marv)
Today you should be 41 but in our hearts and minds you remain forever 21.
Love from Mum, Ken & all the family xxx
Passed away in Salisbury Hospital on 13th January 2021 at the age of 92.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially her son and daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The funeral was held at Yeovil crematorium and was attended by immediate family only.
A webcast was recorded. Many thanks to all involved in the funeral preparations.
Sheelah Mary Turner
Passed away on 12th February at Shaftesbury’s Westminster Memorial Hospital aged 95.
Adored by everyone who knew her, and a much loved Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Great-Great-Grandmother, Aunt and Great Aunt.
Private cremation only due to covid restrictions. Enquiries to Merefield & Henstridge Funeral Directors Tel: 01747 853532
Phyllis Caroline Rose Smart
Formally of The Yews Mere
Passed away peacefully on 26th January 2021at Watersmead Care Home in Westbury Wiltshire Aged 96
Much loved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother
Private Service to be held at the West Wiltshire Crematorium. Donations if desired to The British Heart foundation Via L C Hill & Son Funeral Directors website Tribute Page
Regular readers will remember original Blenheim girl Sylvia Spooner’s 100th birthday just a few months ago.
It was with sadness that I heard from her son Edward this week that Sylvia had passed peacefully at home:
Sylvia Spooner (née Blest) passed away peacefully in her 101st year on Sunday, January 31st in Blandford.
The family thank the exceptional staff at Whitecliffe House Nursing and Residential Care Home for caring for Sylvia over the last two years and, in particular, the care and nursing professionals who kept her company last Sunday morning.
For the full obituary please click here
Hannam, Susan Margaret
Died peacefully at home on Monday 1st February aged 91. Wife of the late Ernest W Hannam.
In accordance with her wishes no funeral service.
Simon John Hatcher
Passed away at home on 15th January 2021 aged 57.
Much loved son, dad, grandad and friend.
Taken from us too soon but always in our hearts.
Scramble ace ‘Badger’ Goss dies aged 80
by Roger Guttridge
Tributes have been pouring onto social media following the death on January 6 of Blackmore Vale motocross legend Bryan ‘Badger’ Goss. He was 80.
Bryan was born at Yetminster on September 11, 1940 – during the Battle of Britain, hence his middle name, Winston, after wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Brian Stanley King passed away peacefully at Salisbury District Hospital on 2nd January 2021.
A funeral service to be held at Yeovil Crematorium on Tuesday 2nd February 2021
If you would like to pay your respects to Brian the funeral cortege will be driving through Mere Town Centre around 9.30am
In loving memory of our father who passed away peacefully on the 28th october 2020.
Forever in ou thoughts. Gone but not forgotten.
With all our love forever.
Barry, Sally, Margaret, Peter and Lucy.
After a short illness passed away on the 2nd November
A private family funeral has already taken place.
The family would like to thank everybody for their kind messages.
Any donations to macmillan Cancer support. Thank you
Josephine ‘Josie’ Peeler
Passed away very suddenly on November 8th 2020 aged 57.
Much adored and devoted mum to Tilly and Noah. Dearly loved and loving daughter to helen and the late Stephen. Much loved sister and best friend to Melanie.
Always with us.
The family are thankful for the thoughts and messages reveived.
In loving memory of our dear friend James.Loved by all and gone far too soon.
Our treasured memories with you, will last a lifetime through.
Rest now there is no more work to do.
Trina, Dave, Michael and Sue
In loving memory of Moira (Bett’s ) Robberts who passed away peacefully on the 23rd October 2020.
Much loved wife and best friend of John. Loving mum to ellie and Ian and mother-in-law to Bruce and Emma. A very proud granny and great granny.
Will be sadly and very much missed by all who knew her.
Funeral service has taken place in private due to the current restrictions.
Elsie Bannard Passed away quietly and peacefully in her sleep on the 23rd Octoboer 2020 aged 88 years
Much loved mum and grandmother. Always in our hearts.
All our love June, Ina, Brett, Alan and Lizzie.
A private cremation has already taken place
Penny Mott died peacefully at home on 10th December 2020.
Much loved mother of Sarah and Catherine and grandmother of George, Isobel, Fergus and Daisy.
Tributes to Ray Humphries – “one of Shaftesbury’s finest”
by Fanny Charles
The streets of Shaftesbury were packed with people who turned out to pay their respects to one of the town’s best-loved residents, “Mr Shaftesbury,” as many called him, Ray Humphries MBE, who died on 24th October.
Owing to Covid-19 restrictions, the funeral on 10th November was a private family service, but the cortege passed through the High Street, stopping at the Town Hall, where Shaftesbury Silver Band played a tribute to Ray, a long-standing member who played the side drum.
To see the full obituary click here
Another year over, the worst one yet without friends and family and missing you so much. Thinking of you this Christmas time, the 20th one where you’re not here.
Mum, Ken, Michelle, Dave, Chloe, Liam, Holly, James and Elena xx
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Local Equestrian Community mourns the passing of Pat Burgess MBE
by Laura Hitchcock
Warmth and love radiates from the countless messages and memories being shared for renowned Wilton RDA teacher Pat Burgess, who sadly passed away peacefully on 4th November at home with her family by her side.
Born and raised in South Africa, she emigrated to England in 1964, and when injury forced a stop to her own show jumping career, Pat turned to teaching.
To see the full obituary click here
In Memoriam: Pauline Barbara Stockford of Blandford, left this world on 15th June 2020 aged 89. Wife of Colin for 59 years and mother of Gemma, Dominic, Clemency and Felicity, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
James Anthony (Tony) Bonnell, former headmaster at Stower Provost school, died peacefully at home on 26th September, aged 91.
A family burial service was taken by Rev. Philippa Sargent on 6th October at the Woodland Burial Ground, Shillingstone. A thanksgiving service, to celebrate Tony’s life, will be held next summer in Hinton St Mary church. The family are thankful for the care provided, and the thoughts and messages received.
Herbert Cradock of Evercreech, passed away suddenly on 6th October 2020 aged 86 years.
Dearly beloved husband of the late Dawn, a loving dad, grandpa and great grandpa. Private family funeral due to Covid 19 restrictions. Donations, if desired made payable to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance may be forwarded to; Trotman Funeral Directors, Ashdene, Cranmore, Shepton Mallet BA4 4QQ.
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Loving son and father, Kieran Scanlan, sadly died at his home on Sunday 13th September. The family would like to thank everybody for their kind messages at this sad time.
Eileen (AKA Penny) Margaret White of Templecombe, Somerset – 92 years
Her sons, John and Robert, are heartbroken to announce their mother’s death in her bungalow on 2nd September 2020.
To see the full obituary click here
Michael John Head – Photographer of Distinction
Passed away peacefully in Tisbury on Monday 7th September 2020.
Landlord of the Gaggle of Geese, Buckland Newton 1987 -2005
Passed away peacefully on 18th august 2020 aged 78 years
Sadly passed away on 1st September 2020
Died peacefully on 16th July 2020 aged 88