Richard (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
Ron 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 2 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 parents Mark 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.

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