Drinkwater, Thomas William
Funeral report for the late Thomas William “Billy” Drinkwater Northwich Guardian The funeral was held on 30th December 2009, for the late Thomas William “Billy” Drinkwater, who died 19th December, after a short illness, aged 94 years. Billy was born in Priory Street, Northwich on 18th May 1915 to Mr & Mrs William Drinkwater, the younger of two children having an older sister Ivy who was three years his senior. Shortly after, the family settled in Pickmere and Billy was soon walking from his home at Lake Cottage to Great Budworth School. During these early years he had a keen interest in motorbikes and cars and started his own business at the age of twenty one. However, the war intervened and for a period of time he was kept busy making the crank shafts for the Merlin engine at Rolls Royce, Crewe to power the Spitfire returning to the business when the war was over. Billy met Nellie Beddard during the war years when Nellie was working for Marks & Spencer in Northwich. They courted and were married on 21st August 1944 at Great Budworth Church, settling at first in Davenham, before moving to Station Road, Northwich then Hartford where they remained. Sadly Billy was widowed in 2005. His business, W. Drinkwater & Co in Station Road, Northwich was one of the first in the town to begin catering for the booming motor car industry, selling Rootes and then Toyota cars. He continued servicing cars until he finally retired at the age of seventy five. As well as motorbikes and cars his favourite hobbies included music, photography, caravanning, canal boating holidays and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed long weekends in Llandudno with his friends and family. He had enjoyed a long, healthy and wonderful life. The funeral service held at Great Budworth Church, conducted by Rev Alec Brown, was followed by interment in the churchyard. Family flowers and donations for Great Budworth Church were received. Arrangements by George Bell Funeral Service, Northwich.