The funeral service to celebrate the life of Leslie Alan Bartrum, who has died aged 93, was held at St Mary the Virgin Church, Wortham, on Monday, August 24, conducted by the Rev Adrian Watson with organist Nigel Ballard.
The processional music into church was The British Grenadiers March and the coffin was draped in the Union Jack.
The welcome and introduction was given, then a poem – Our Father Kept a Garden – was read by his daughter Angela, and memories and reflection were given by Mr Watson.
Leslie was born on November 27, 1921, the only child of George and Rosanna Bartrum, at Stone Cottage, Millway Lane in Wortham. All the four houses he lived in were within a mile of each other: he really was a Wortham boy, born and bred.
He began working for Moray Rash at Beech Tree Farm, staying for more than 40 years until he retired. He was called up and served as a gunner in the Royal Artillery in Italy and North Africa, for which he was awarded a campaign medal. He returned home to marry Brenda in 1947 and they had two sons and three daughters.
He loved the land and its seasons, growing all kinds of fruit and vegetables and pottering in his greenhouse, and could always be found in his sheds – chopping sticks for kindling, saving logs for the fire and tinkering with his lawn mowers. In his younger days he played football for Wortham. He was also a member of Wortham Royal British Legion and the Good Companions club, enjoying many coach trips, meals out and shows, playing bingo, cards and dominoes.
Leslie is now reunited with Brenda.
The dismissal and blessing was given and the committal took place in the churchyard.
Family mourners were Alan and Barbara, Angela and Derek, Philip and Bev, Jayne and Mick and Karen Paco. Also in the congregation were former work colleagues, neighbours, Good Companion members and friends.
Donations in memory of Les for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice can be sent c/o Susan Whymark Funeral Service, Chestnut House, 12 Progress Way, Langton Green, Eye, IP23 7HU.