The man who had worked tirelessly for over a generation to support the creation of the steam engine museum at Bressingham got a fitting send-off to his final resting place on Saturday.
Roger Garnham, dubbed the Steam and Music Man, had his ashes on board one of two steam engines to travel over an hour from Bressingham to Garboldisham, where he was born, for them to be buried next to those of his parents.
Some 20 family members and the steam engine owners made the slow journey back to his home village. He had died at the age of 85 at Earlham in Norwich where he spent the last years of his life in a nursing home.
His passion for steam engines and repairing them had brought him touch with Alan Bloom of Blooms back in 1961, who was seeking help with the restoration of a traction engine. It led to Mr Garnham helping at Blooms voluntarily before he joined full-time in 1964. And he stayed until he was forced to give up work only three years ago, at the age of 82. Mr Garnham’s wife Barbara died about three years ago.
He also loved music. He played the church organ at Garboldisham and in later years at the funerals of friends. Roger also had his own electronic organ which he would bring to social evenings at Blooms Nurseries, and he also belonged to a dance band.
Flora Bloom, widow of Alan, said Mr Garnham had contributed much to the success of the museum.
She said he was retiring and they were set to celebrate this. But there were just one or two little jobs he wanted to finish so his retirement was postponed.
A video of Roger’s farewell journey appears on our webside at www.dissexpress.co.uk