Tony Clark (1923-2022) an appreciation
Tony was born in Norfolk, the youngest of 6. Whilst the family moved a number of times, he stayed with his aunt in Ketton while he attended Oakham School. The Second World War had started by the time he was 17: from then till 1949 he served in the RAF ground crew – a perfect job for Tony who loved anything mechanical. Postings were to Cape Town and, later, Egypt.
Tony met Muriel at a wedding where she was a Bridesmaid and he was Best Man. They Married in 1951 and came to live in Seaton where their two daughters, Caroline and Pamela, were born. Pam recalls Sunday afternoon picnics as a short drive in the Morris 8 to a nearby field in which there was a railway. There the family would sit and watch the steam trains pass by. Years later, Tony’s model train set expanded into a wonderful layout, his friend Peter arriving from Manton, ostensibly to help with the garden. Once the chores were finished, you’d find them in the shed playing trains!
In 1977 Tony, Muriel and Pamela moved to Wing. Tony was fully involved in village life at Wing, being Churchwarden, Parish Councillor, and Tower Captain – bell ringing having been a life-long hobby. He supported Muriel in her love of singing and, for many years, was part of the “crew” at Rutland Musical Theatre. Up until his early 90s, Tony could always be found on his allotment where he grew his own vegetables. Tony’s faith was important to him: he showed a great interest in developing worship and the upkeep of the church fabric and grounds, wherever he lived. He will be much missed.
Tony had reached the age of 99 when he died, after a short illness. This grand old gentleman will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him and by all in the village from his years as Parish Councillor.
Tony’s funeral was on Friday 12th August 2022
11.30am Great Glen crematorium- this is for close family only.
2.30pm Wing Church- celebration and thanksgiving service.
Afterwards at Wing Community Hall – refreshments.
Family flowers only but donations, if desired, to Vista, Leicester. These can be made online via this tribute page or sent direct to E. M. Dorman Funeral Directors, Beechcroft, 69 High Street East, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9PY. Tel: 01572 823976