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Spann, William

William Henry (Bill) Spann The funeral has taken place of William Henry (Bill) Spann who died at home on the 20th Oct 2009 aged 81 following a long and bravely borne fight against illness. Born in Winsford on 28th Dec 1927 Bill along with his parents and two sisters lived his early years in Glebe Road Cuddington where as a young boy he attended the Little School in Sandiway and was very proud to have been a Chorister at St John the Evangelist's Church. As was usual for the 1940’s School life was short and with the Headmaster’s permission Bill was allowed to leave at the age of 13 to enable him to commence employment on his 14th Birthday at the Blue Cap Garage Sandiway where as a paint sprayer & fitter he helped the war effort by painting Spitfire and Hurricane wings. Bill enlisted into the Army at the age of 17 and served with the Royal Armoured Service Corps as a tank driver and it was whilst serving in Celle Germany that Bill bore witness to the horrors of the Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp where as a bulldozer driver he helped with the mass burials and ultimately the demolition of the camp. Bill kept silent about these facts for many years and it was only in the late 1990’s that his family became aware of that part of his service. Leaving the Army as a Lance Corporal in 1947 Bill returned to his employers but left shortly after to join Lewis Bros as a wagon driver before moving on to a similar position with Thomas Ashley & Co of Hartford. Ashley’s were later involved with the construction of the Oulton Park racing circuit where Bill found that he was to be the first driver round the course on its opening day, but in a road sweeper where he ensured that the dusty and gritty track was swept clean and made ready for racing. Bill met his future wife Nell whilst attending a dance at Winnington Rec in 1949 marrying at St Luke’s Winnington on 23rd Feb 1952 from which they set up home initially with Bill’s family before moving to their own first home in Ash Road Sandiway and it was whilst living at Sandiway that Bill & Nell’s only son Steven was born on 1st July 1955. As a young couple they moved to Granville Road Leftwich in 1957 before finally ending up in Dalefords Lane Whitegate in 1974. It was whilst living at Whitegate and by that time the Transport Manager at Thomas Ashley’s that Bill along with Nell formed their partnership WH&N Spann specialising in tarmacadam driveways and road surfacing, a partnership that endured for 29 years until Nell’s death on 5th Jan 2009 just 4 days before they were both due to retire. An avid and lifelong member of Bostock Social Club Bill loved Snooker and playing cards on a Thursday night which was a regular feature of his life right up until two weeks before he passed away. A longstanding member at Sandiway GC, Golf, his very frequent visits to the bookmakers, Liverpool FC and Northwich Victoria FC were all an ever present source of enjoyment to Bill as were his many friends that he had made throughout his life. Bill was a devoted family man and took great joy in helping his family whenever and wherever he could and was a constant source of wisdom to them. Bill is survived by his son Steven, grandchildren Paul & Emmeline, his sons partner Lynda & daughter-in-law Susie. The funeral service was held at St Mary’s Whitegate conducted by the Revd Lesley Eden followed by internment in the churchyard. Arrangement by George Bell Funeral service, Northwich

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