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Hayman, Ken

The funeral was held recently for the late Ken Hayman who died on 6th September 2005 aged 78 years. Ken was born in Torquay in 1927, where together with his first wife he brought up his children Claire and Nigel. He worked for Stubs Welding as a senior sales representative, travelling throughout the West Country. He was a keen golfer and enjoyed sea fishing from the rocks. In 1975 Ken met Sheila and quickly became interested in Equestrian sport. The following year he was appointed Sales Training Officer with his company, based in Warrington and made his home above the shop Sheila ran with her mother and sister. Ken’s first interest in show jumping was at Arena North, where he became an official of the British Show Jumping Association, starting as a collecting ring Steward, soon to be a Judge, and eminent Commentator at shows throughout the North West and Midlands, where his West Country tones were loved by many. Ken’s particular favourites were Church Farm Arena with Wally & Ann Fenney, and South View Equestrian Centre with the Maguire family, working a both Centres for many years. Sheila & Ken travelled all over Europe with the British Pony Teams, and throughout Britain with the English team. Ken was a great patriot, always the first to show emotion when the National Anthem was played after a British Gold Medal, or Jerusalem after an English win. After many years together, Ken and Sheila were married, which was the highlight of their time together. Ken was a true gentleman in every respect, always with time and a good word for everyone. He loved travelling with his caravan and dog to shows in the British Isles from Hickstead to Aberdeen; welcoming everyone in for a drink and chat gave him a great deal of pleasure. Despite a busy lifestyle and many miles between them, Ken gave a lot of thought to his children and grandchildren, and likewise to Sheila’s son and grandchildren. Regrettably, the onset of Alzheimer’s in his early 70’s made life difficult, but thanks to his many friends Ken never lost his love of life. Sheila would like to thank everyone for their help given, in particular Sheila’s mum, Jean, and friend Elliw. Also many thanks to the Alzheimer’s Society, the Knutsford Community Hospital, Bexton Court and everyone at Acorn Hollow Nursing Home. Arrangements by Dodgson’s Funeral Service, Knutsford.

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