The Rspca Danaher Animal Home
Registered Number 1112369
Born the 4th of October 1928 in Leytonstone.
Sadly lost his Mum not long after starting school.
Lived with his father and survived the blitz without going to the bomb shelter, as his father said “if it’s got our names on it we may as well die in our beds in comfort “. This bulldog spirit remained in him throughout his long life.
He was fostered out before the end of the war to Molly and Ted Stone in church end, excuse the pun but only a stones throw from 8 church end villas , where he lived for 65 years.
Ted worked for the Dunmow Brewery and would often take Sam aged 14 with him on his delivery rounds, Ted would often let Sam drive the lorry, probably because he had been too polite to refuse the free pint at each pub. Dad always reckoned pulling away from the Red lion at Finchingfield was the most challenging, well it is a hill start on a 1 in 5 gradient. No synchromesh gear boxes in those days.
Dad continued to work at the brewery, then did his National service in the Army. He was quickly identified as a driver and often told us that he didn’t take a test because he had been driving the examiner around on L plates for a while, so when he turned up for his test, the examiner said “ oh it’s you” Passed.
Dad enjoyed driving all kinds of vehicles but particularly enjoyed the big lorries, one task was delivering huge shells to a coastal gun situated on the little Orme area of Llandudno. As a family we would go to Llandudno for many years and enjoy our summer holidays.
On leaving National service dad went back to the brewery but quickly moved on to the eastern electricity board where he worked as a linesman until he retired.
He met mum/ Josephine on a blind date when she was on a day off from working at Felsted school, they courted for a while and enjoyed cycling around Essex and Suffolk.
Dad would cycle 22 miles each way from Dunmow to Pebmarsh. It must have been love, well it was and they married in May 1953 and would have been married for 69 years this year.
They went on to have 3 sons David, Peter and Paul, 3 granddaughters Amy, Chloe and Sophie plus 1 great granddaughter Amber. Their family home at number 8 church end villas for the last 65 years is now full of photos and portraits of all the family, of whom they are immensely proud.
Whenever we visited we all felt safe and welcome.
Dad loved his garden and spent hours cultivating it. He was particularly proud of his runner beans, so much so that only last autumn he gave his 3 sons a packet of his own seeds so that his legacy could grow on.
He was a kind and loving husband, father, grandad and great grandad, who will be missed but will live on in all our hearts forever.
Oh I nearly forgot, if heaven needs anything painted or the garden doing, he’s definitely your man
Registered Number 1112369