Don always attended the monthly coffee mornings (see our October coffee morning post with a lovely picture of him) and was due to talk at this year's Remembrance service. The church was full of his family, colleagues and admirers. He was a well known and respected figure in the village. From 1954-1990, together with his wife, Alice, he served as Publican in the Swan Inn. He enjoyed looking after the donkeys there and was a proficient carriage driver himself, taking part in local shows. A member of the caterpillar club, he was very proud of his war record and had many amusing tales to tell of his days as a prisoner of war.
The choir sang Stuart Townsend's the Lord' s my Shepherd, one of Don's favourite hymns and the wake after cremation was held at Langley Cottage in Cottage Lane, where Don could often be found drinking with John and Carol Morgan.
The collection was for the RAF Benevolent Fund and already has nearly reached £500.
We send our condolences to his son Gordon, his wife, and the rest of the family. Don will be missed by so many people.