Item BCA - 2018.1415 - The Death of Tim Tomlins October 6th 1936

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BCA - 2018.1415

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The Death of Tim Tomlins October 6th 1936

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  • October 6th 1936 to October 29th 2017 (Creation)

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pdf of 40 photographs by James Wildman, the funeral program and short eulogy

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Tim was a very well known character around Bampton particularly because of his steam engine The Lord Nelson which was at his home at The Swan in Buckland Road. For many years he grew cyclamen and many Bamptonians have specimens in their gardens they bought from Tim. He was comfortable around Adrian Simmonds who had a shop on the east side of the Market Square and again, for many years, provided Adrian's hanging baskets which so enhanced the joyous aspect of the Market Square. There is no doubting Tim was a man of few words and it was not easy to have a relaxed conversation with him unless he was talking about steam or traction engines. His son David spoke very candidly at his father's funeral, without notes and he made the congregation laugh with his wonderful delivery. Rev David Battersby added a little to the eulogy ...
"I welcome you to St Mary's for the funeral of Tim Tomlins. The most frequent contact I had with him was when each morning my wife Ann and self went to the Coop to collect our newspaper. Tim was usually there and we would exchange a few pithy remarks about the stupidity of growing old. If we had been earlier than Tim then I would look out for the dark coloured Volvo estate with the registration beginning P 273 when a set of hand waves would be exchanged. We all have our own memories.
Today we have gathered together each bringing our unique set of hopes, fears, doubts and uncertainties but this is a Christian Church and I am a Christian priest, so among my bundle of beliefs I have faith in God and that gives me the gift of hope which in turn means that I look forward as well as back. The present is where we stand today, but it is only a moment, the future is where we shall live. I believe in the dawn even in the blackest night. Let us commend our friend to God's mighty care knowing that in Christ nothing is lost."
Rev. David Battersby

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