Gregory, Donald Thomas
The funeral was held on 31st May for the late Donald Thomas Gregory of Castle who died on 23rd May 2005 aged 75 years. Don was the eldest son of Thomas and Martha Gregory, they had a second son Albert, who grew up at Longhouse Farm Kermincham. When Don was 11, the family moved to a farm in Holmes Chapel, where he attended school. Along with his brother Albert, with whom he was always very close, he became a member of the Sandbach Young Farmers; the local youth group and he was a keen singer in the Holmes Chapel Choir. Don later bought his own smallholding in Weaverham, where he kept pigs as well as growing fruit and vegetables. He had a fruit and vegetable delivery round and met his wife Iris over the cabbages and carrots. Don then started a window cleaning round with Iris helping him. They married on June 13th 1973 at Northwich Registrarís Office and daughter Sarah was born in March 1975. Don then started his own furniture removal business; Gregoryís Removals which became a great success. Following his retirement in 1995, Don began a part time job on Wednesdays, working for Marshalls at Chelford where he made many good friends. He was always on the look out for a bargain and often came home from work with machinery or implements. Don had many interests and hobbies including playing dominoes for the Green Dragon, he played bowls for Hartford and Castle Private Club. He was a PCC committee member for Holy Trinity Church for many years, vice chairman of Castle Private Club and treasurer of the Vintage Tractor Club to name but a few. Don owned much vintage machinery including tractors, engines, bikes, rotovators, Land Rover and car. He ran many rallies, involving all his family, especially his son in law Mike. Don attended his first vintage rally in 1985 with a stationary engine, his first tractor was an Allis Chalmers model B and he bought his daughter a Ferguson in 1986. One of the first rallies Donís arranged was for Northwich Carnival in 1987, he also ran rallies for Kelsall, 1000 Engine, Cheshire Show, Romiley and Peover Game Fair. One of his favourite rallies was 1000 Engine and together with his school friend Percy Gallimore was a member of the committee. Don spent his spare time tending his three allotments, providing fresh fruit and vegetables for his family, as well as the odd slug and snail. Don spent his last weekend running the tractor section at Kelsall Steam Rally, before he passed away in his sleep on Monday morning. He is survived by his wife Iris, daughter Sarah, son in law Mike and four granddaughters Hannah, Hope, Georgia & Rosie, whom he adored Many family and friends attended the service at Holy Trinity Church, Castle prior to interment at Northwich Cemetery, conducted by Rev Sheila Hughes. Family floral tributes were received and donations for the British Heart Foundation and Ward 17 at Leighton Hospital following Georgiaís operation there last week. Arrangements by George Bell Funeral Service, Greenacre Funeral Home, Northwich.