(Dick) Aitken 1914 - 2003
Dick was born in Sharnbrook and moved firstly to Suffolk and
then Cardington as his father's work followed the airship industry. Educated at Bedford
Modern School, he maintained contact with the school as a member of the Old
Boys Association and the Bedford Modernian Lodge. During the Second World War he
served in the RAF and spent
his working life as an accountant living at Kempston and
moving to Earls Barton to work as Company Secretary for Painton and Co.
Ltd. in Northampton. Leaving Painton when taken over by Plessey he
undertook consultancy work.
He married Doris in 1939 and they celebrated their diamond wedding
anniversary in 1999. In his spare time Dick had been a member of a
local amateur dramatics group and also played golf. In his youth he enjoyed visits to
his grandparents in Sharnbrook and returned to the neighbourhood
in retirement. In early retirement he was
treasurer of St Mary's Church and was a faithful member of the
congregation. Dick was well known in the parish and
the warmth of his personality endeared all who met him. He
leaves his wife, two daughters and three grandchildren.
James (Jim) Rafferty
1924 - 2003
A Requiem Mass for Jim Rafferty was held in St Mary's Church on 21
November 2003 followed by interment in the churchyard.
Iris Capps - 2003
Iris had lived with her husband in Felmersham for many years. She was
cremated at Bedford Crematorium.
Stella Swift - 2003
Stella who until quite recently lived in Marriotts Close and was well
known as the lady who drove a red mini with "Red Hot" emblazoned
across the back. She was a widow and has a son who lives in Australia.
W. E. (Ron) Draycott M B E 1916 - 2003
Draycott lived in Felmersham for many years and died on 1st September 2003
at Kettering General Hospital at the age of eighty-seven. Ron, will
perhaps best be remembered for his comprehensive history of Felmersham and
Radwell: 'Grain and Chaff', which was reprinted in 2001. Ron spent most of
his working life in the Royal Air Force, during which time he was awarded
the MBE. He also worked for Hunting Engineering in Ampthill. Ron leaves
his wife Greta, their two daughters, Diane and Lynn and their
grandchildren. He also leaves a surviving
sister Gladys, who lives in Nottingham.
Frederick Francis Swailes 1914 - 2003
Fred Swailes was born at Bolnhurst in 1914 and came to live in Felmersham
when he was married in 1937. Rose and Fred had a son and a daughter, two
granddaughters and one great-granddaughter. He served in the army in the
Second World War driving a lorry in Africa and Italy. After the war he
became a driver for the Ministry of Defence at Thurleigh. Fred took early
retirement so as to spend more time on his small holding along Carlton
Road. He was a familiar figure cycling along Carlton Road.
Fleur Mae Tobutt 2000 - 2003
Fleur, age 2¾
years, died peacefully at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London on 9
January 2003. 300 mourners attended her funeral at St Mary's church, Felmersham on Thursday 16 January
2003. Fleur had an extremely rare
medical condition known as progeria. She was a happy and endearing girl
who touched the lives of all those who met her. She was a regular visitor
to Keech Cottage children's hospice. Our thoughts are with her
and Becky and her sister Lucy. A little angel, who lived amongst
us for a short time, but who will live in our hearts forever.