1942 - 2013

It is with great sadness that I write to record the death of Trevor. After a few spells at the Royal Gwent he was eventually admitted to St Joseph’s Hospice where he succumbed to an aggressive cancer. The funeral was at St Mary’s, Usk, conducted by Revd Gray assisted by Revd Cole and his coffin carried to its final resting place by six bearers of Trev’s Masonic lodge. The church was attended by a large congregation of his family, friends and ringers, eight of whom rang a quarter peal of Grandsire Triples immediately after the committal.

Trevor was a lovely bloke, a loyal friend and loved Usk church. He had been a sidesman for many years as well as a faithful Sunday service ringer for 25 years. He would be the first to admit to finding method ringing challenging; although Grandsire Doubles was mastered with ease, he found Triples inside a complete mystery. Nevertheless he would always be with us on treble or tenor for quarters but only for a few peals as he thought they were “a bit much”!

Trev worked for most of his life in the motor trade as a parts and delivery driver. It was whilst making a delivery to Clench’s garage in Usk that he met Julie; they married and set up home at Ladyhill in Usk. Julie was already a competent ringer along with her parents, Reuben and Stella Clench, and so Trev was persuaded to try this strange Art, and thus became a loyal ringer at Usk.

Trevor was also a member of Kennard Masonic Lodge and his progress was such that he was appointed to Provincal Rank, hence the bearers at the funeral and so many Masons from this Province.

I repeat, Trev was a lovely bloke, loved by his family as he loved them. He rejoiced in his family and friends alike, and everyone that came into contact with him. He loved a nice glass of red wine and a pint or three of good bitter. My wife Eileen and I were with him on the day he died and the last words he whispered to me were “London Pride”.

I know Julie has thanked everyone for the kind messages and words of support, so please think of Trev and his smiling face. He is greatly missed; I loved him.


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