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Goldsmith, Walter

The funeral has taken place of Walter Goldsmith, who died at Leighton Hospital, Crewe, on April 29th 2010, aged 91years. Born in Manchester on Armistice Day, 1918, Walter was brought up and educated in Woodley, near Stockport, until his parents later moved to Prestwich. A member of the Territorial Army, he was called up to serve on the outbreak of World War Two and helped to evacuate the beaches at Dunkirk. He later served in the Royal Engineers in North Africa, Italy and Austria, where he was responsible for locating and purifying water supplies for allied forces. In 1943, he was injured when a bomb blew him into a well, in an explosion that killed three comrades. With his wife Doris, Walter moved to Northwich in 1952 and lived in the Manchester Road area for the rest of his life. A plumber by trade, he worked for various local firms until he joined the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works at Burtonwood Air Base, near Warrington. On retirement, he remained active on his allotment, a short walk from his home in Ann Street. There he loved to grow all kinds of vegetables and flowers, but his passion was producing tomatoes. He built and maintained several greenhouses with their own heating systems to beat the frost and tended his allotment into his eighties. When he was unable to continue, he took up a former hobby, model railways, building a layout and operating trains in a spare bedroom. Last September Walter and Doris moved into Acorn Hollow Care Home in Lostock Gralam. They were planning to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in August. Walter is also survived by his sons, Stanley and Stephen, four grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Sadly, his only daughter, Celia, died in 2007. The vicar of Lostock Gralam, the Rev Barbara Sharp, conducted the funeral service at Altrincham Crematorium. Arrangements by George Bell Funeral Service, Northwich.

Goldsmith Walter