Obituaries

David J. Reeve

10/11/1930 - 11/05/2014

David Reeve and Evelvn moved from Mount Bures to Wormingford, joined the Wormingford band and were a great asset – attending services and joining in all the activities of the church. They were also loyal to Bures, ringing there on Sunday mornings and back to Wormingford to ring for the 11am service and also sometimes at Little Horkesley at 6pm. David was a man of principle; if he said "yes" he would always turn up for ringing – we need a few more like David!

BARRY GIBBONS
Tower Captain at Wormingford

 


 

David was a delightful family man, bearing no malice against anyone. He was employed as a farm worker all his life, and saw many changes during that time. He enjoyed gardening in his spare time and would provide fruit and vegetables for the family and laterly for the grandchildren. He took pride in growing tomatoes and cucumbers – which he readily gave away when in plentiful supply.

David learnt to ring, along with his brothers Cyril and Dennis in 1944, at Long Melford. He rang approximately 25 peals – these included his first peal at Hartest in Suffolk on 28th November 1965. His first peal of Major at Bures in Suffolk on 5th November 1966 and his first peal of Treble Bob at Long Melford on 19th November 1966. David was in the band in which John Loveless scored his first peal at Cavendish in Suffolk on 17th February 1968. He also rang peals of Yorkshire Surprise Major, Double Norwich Court Bob Major (his favourite method) and a peal of Plain Bob Royal at St Peter’s, Sudbury in Suffolk. Amongst others he rang eight peals at Wormingford in Essex from 1968 to 1993. Although not a great peal ringer he considered Sunday Service ringing was the most important.

The family enjoyed several ringing holidays with the Norfolk & Suffolk Border Ringers which took them to various parts of the United Kingdom. He was a capable handbell tune ringer, being part of the St Andrew’s Wormingford group which stated in 1991, ringing at various functions over a period of approximately ten years and was again part of the group when it reformed a few years ago.

David was a kind and gentle person and will be sorely missed by his wife and family. 

May he rest in peace and rise in glory. 

EVELYN REEVE

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