The funeral service took place at SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Eye on Friday, April 11 for Ronald Stanley Palmer of Castleton Way, Eye, who died on March 29 at the age of 86.
Mr Palmer was the last surviving member of a family of nine. His passion for gardening began at the age of 12 when he enjoyed cultivating vegetables to help to feed his four brothers and four sisters.
His marriage to Phyllis ended 20 years ago when she died just after his retirement from the Anglian Water Board where he worked for many years. Previously he had been employed by the War Ag after completing his National Service.
Mr Palmer’s passion for gardening continued with tending allotments as well as his own garden, frequently giving away vegetables to neighbours and friends.
He will be widely remembered for his outstanding performances at centre half in the Eye Town and Eye Games Centre football teams.
In a tribute, Adrian Love, nephew, said although his uncle and aunt had no children of their own they had adopted nephews and nieces as part of their family and he remembered many happy days and holidays spent playing in their garden. He also read a poem The Glory of the Garden, which he felt had summed up his uncle’s life. Another poem Death is Nothing at All was read by Martin Kay.
Fr Chris Davidson, who officiated, saidMr Palmer was a very special person who was widely known and respected in the community.