10:56am Wednesday 30th May 2012
MR. D.T.BOTTOMLEY "DOUG"
The funeral service of thanksgiving for the life of Doug took place on April 28th at Carew Wesley Methodist Chapel, followed by internment at Carew Cheriton Cemetery.
Doug had passed away suddenly but peacefully at Withybush Hospital on April 22nd aged 84 years.
Over 200 sympathy cards were received which proved just how much Doug meant to everyone that he came into contact.
Douglas Thornton Bottomley was born in New Tredegar, Rhymney Valley and was one of four children.
His father and elder brother worked down the local pits, but Doug had always said he would never do this and spent most of his time as a youth at Swansea docks, he loved the sea and was a sea cadet and volunteered to join the Royal Navy on his 17th birthday and became a Royal Fleet Air Arm Mechanic 1st. Class on board the aircraft carrier H.M.S. Ocean and spent the end of the war and remainder of his National Service time in the Mediterranean mainly on the island of Malta, for which he was a member of the George Cross Island Association and H.M.S. Ocean Association.
After a local pit disaster, Doug’s family, like many others, moved from the valley’s to the Lye near Stourbridge in the Black Country, West Midlands and on completion of his National Service and not being able to get a career in the Merchant Navy, Doug found employment in industry in the Black Country where he was to meet his future wife Daisy. They were married in March 1953 and had a daughter Susan Ann in September 1955.
Doug made his home in Cradley Heath and continued to work in engineering where he designed, made and installed conveyor belt systems in some of the UK’s largest industries, he then took a job at Eliza Tinsley and Co. Ltd. as warehouse despatch manager where he worked up till his retirement.
Doug’s daughter and son-in-law had moved to live in Pembrokeshire in 1990 and it wasn’t long before he felt the longing to come home to his beloved Wales and finally Doug and Daisy moved to Kilgetty to be closer to Sue and John in the summer of 1995.
His other longing was to return to Malta which he did with the family for holidays and to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 2003.
Doug was a keen gardener and unknown to both he and Daisy, their neighbours entered them in last years ‘Kilgetty In Bloom’ competition the ‘Front Garden Category’ for the over 65’s. The result being that they came 2nd and didn’t even try.
Doug enjoyed his holidays in the U.K. and abroad, which Sue his daughter organised, his last trip being only last November to Bruges to visit the grave of Eric Brock, elder brother to John Brock MBE and proudly taking part in the act of remembrance at the grave side and later that day at the 8.00 p.m. Menin Gate ceremony at Ypres laying the wreath on behalf of the Cresselly branch Royal British Legion where he was a member. This was to be a very long day for him, but one he said he would not miss for the world.
Doug enjoyed listening to music and loved to sing. He was a choir boy and attended church three times every Sunday in New Tredegar, was a member of the Methodist church choir in the Black Country where he lived and on moving to Pembrokeshire joined the Pembroke and District Male Voice Choir under the leadership of the ‘Boss’ W. P. Lewis – who he found out had been born just around the corner from Doug in New Tredegar He was a founder member of Quaynotes Choir and as a member of Carew Wesley, enjoyed the Sunday School Anniversary Choir every year.
Doug was a much loved member and door steward at Carew Wesley and will be fondly remembered as the happy, friendly, smiling face of Carew Wesley.
Doug was a true, gentle man and a gentleman in the truest sense of the word.
Everyone loved him and everyone will miss him.
Donations in lieu of flowers will be donated to Ward 10 Withybush Hospital and can be sent to E. C. Thomas and Son Funeral Directors, Archways, Green Plains, Stepaside, Narberth. SA67 8LT, who also carried out the funeral arrangements.
Mr Michael George Hill
Mr Michael George Hill of Waterloo Road, Hakin, passed away on May 3rd at Withybush Hospital at the age of 67.
A native of Hakin and Milford Haven he served his apprenticeship as a black smith on Milford dry dock. He worked as a pipe fitter locally and nationally.
His main interests included reading, gardening and he was a secretary of Hakin Social Club for many years.
The family left to mourn and principal mourners are Jennifer Hill (living); Juliet Payne (daughter); James Payne (son-in-law); Sam and Luke Payne (grandson); Tracey Davies (daughter); Joel Davies, Jared Davies (grandsons); Stuart and Moira Hill (brother and wife); Denzil and Barbara Hill (brother and wife); John Holder (step brother); Mary Evans (step sister); Russell and Ann Whitmore (brother-in-law and wife).
The funeral service was held at Parc Gwyn and was officiated by Rev Martyn Evans.
The bearers were James Payne, Russell Whitmore, Sam Payne, Luke Payne, Joel Davies and Jared Davies.
There were family flowers only with donations in lieu to Paul Sartori Foundation, 31 Haven Road, Haverfordwest.
The funeral arrangements were carried out by Tom Newing and Sons, Milford Haven.
Connie of Bulford Road, Johnston and formerly of Llanfaes, Brecon.peacefully at Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest on Monday April 30th. A loving wife of the late Bill, dearest mum to Lindsay, Jane and Brene (son-in-law); darling gran to Kate, Sam and Amy and gorgeous great-gran to Poppy. Connie will be very much missed by her family and friends. Connie will rest in the private chapel of Doug Prosser until the funeral service on May 11th in St Davids Church, Llanfaes, Brecon, where she will be reunited with her beloved husband Bill.
Donations for Cancer Research or Stroke Association kindly received by Gwynne or Doug Prosser funeral directors, Maelgwyn Funeral Home, Brecon LD3 9AY in association with Crickhowell Funeral Services who are carrying out the arrangements.
Mr Colin Goodman
The death occurred on May 10th of Mr Colin Goodman, at his home in Hillcroft, Johnston. He was 60.
Originally from Milford Haven he was the 2nd youngest of ten children.
After leaving school he joined the merchant navy. He went on to work on the tugs as a cook. Then he worked for the Milford Haven Dock Company. He then started his own business, Masters Blasters as an industrial painter.
His main interests were spending time with his family, especially with his eldest grandchild Allan. He enjoyed watching rugby, fishing, playing golf. Colin and wife Jean loved going on holiday especially cruises. He enjoyed gardening.
The family left to mourn and principal mourners are Jean Goodman (wife for 42 years); Emma and Mark Walters (daughter and son-in-law); Allan Walters (grandson); Neil and Hazel Goodman (son and granddaughter); Megan and Cerys Pickles (granddaughters); Trevor, Mary, Norman, Jenny, Elwyn, Clifton, Gerald, Peter, Heather (brothers and sisters-in-law); Jimmy, John and Yvonne, Philip and Angela, Kathy and Billy (brother-in-laws and wives); David and Roe, plus other relatives and close friends and work colleagues too numerous to name.
The funeral service was held at St Katherines and St Peters Church, Milford Haven followed by cremation at Parc Gwyn. It was officiated by Rev Paul Dvaies and Chaplin Grayham Passmore.
The bearers were Trevor Goodman, Peter Goodman, Clifton Goodman, Steven Poole and Geoffrey Harding.
There were donations in lieu of flowers to the International Sea Farers Centre, Milford Haven which can be sent to Emma Walters at 19 Cranham Park, Johnston, Haverfordwest SA62 3PU.
The funeral arrangements were carried out by Tom Newing and Sons Ltd, Milford Haven.
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