Funeral report for the late Charles Rimmer The funeral was held on Monday 23rd June 2008 for the late Charles Rimmer who died 11th June aged 88 years. Charlie began life in Byley and grew up in the surrounding countryside. He often spoke of the happy times he spent tramping across fields and riding his bike round the country lanes. This closeness with nature remained with him for the rest of his life. He was a member of the RSPB and would often travel to nature reserves to watch the various birds, which he easily recognised by their calls. He was most at home in the countryside and with the local Probus Club regularly went on walks, some of which he helped organise. He used his holidays in the UK to find new places to visit and new walks. His favourite destination was Scotland where he even bought an area of forest! Well into his 80s he could out walk the rest of the family. Ten to twelve miles was nothing to him but it probably helped that there was a pub at the end of the road. It was at Wallerscote that he met his future wife Jean. They were happily married for many years and shared a love of nature and travel. After Jean’s death 11 years ago he retained his independence, cooking for himself, gardening and growing his own vegetables. Excess production was always welcomed by family and friends. During his lifetime Charlie saw his two daughters Elaine and Susan married. He had three grandchildren Mandy, Paul and Debbie and in 2006 he became a great granddad to Matthew. This seemed to give him a new lease of life and not a week would go by without him playing with the new addition to the family. During the war Charlie served in the RAF as a navigator, mostly on board Lancaster bombers. He retained contact with his RAF friends and even visited one of them in Canada. After the war Charlie was employed by ICI in their instrument department, initially at Wallerscote and later at Lostock. He finally retired in 1978. Earlier this year he joked that he had been retired for 30 years – longer than he had worked for ICI. He wondered if he would be presented with a gold watch for his long service as a pensioner. Charlie loved sport. He supported Man Utd though it had been many years since he last attended a game at Old Trafford. However, the family did take him to visit the Theatre of Dreams as an 80th birthday present. He regularly watched or listened to all football, cricket and snooker. But his greatest sporting love was bowls. He was a member of Cuddington Bowling Club for over 40 years, organising some competitions, playing in others and even winning trophies. He was a valued member of their team. Charlie had many interests in his life – nature, sport, reading, crosswords but, most of all his family. Charlie was genuinely interested in people and was willing to help anyone in times of need. He could always be relied upon to offer good sound advice. He had a rare sense of humour which he retained to the end - always ready with a joke or a quick-witted play on words, he had the ability to find humour in any situation. He kept good health most of the time and, whilst his sudden death was a shock to everyone, he will be remembered as a loving family man, a loyal friend and a valued member of the community. May his memory live on. Charlie is survived by his daughters Elaine & Susan, grandchildren Mandy, Paul & Debbie and his great grandson Matthew. A Service of Thanksgiving was held at St John the Evangelist Parish Church, Sandiway, conducted by Rev’d Martin Cox, following a private committal at Altrincham Crematorium. Family flowers were received and donations for Cuddington Bowling Club and the British Heart Foundation. Arrangements by George Bell Funeral Service, Northwich.