THE funeral of Derrick Bert Starling, of Chapel Street, Exning, took place at West Suffolk Crematorium, Risby, on March 26.
Mr Starling, who was 78, died at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, on March 12 after a short illness.
Born in Fordham, he took up an engineering apprenticeship with King and Harper in Cambridge, before serving two years' National Service with the Army in Germany.
He then worked as an engineer at Tillotson's at Burwell and Ely for 26 years. His last job before retiring due to ill-health was with Beehive Coils on Studlands Park.
A former Exning School governor and a member of the shadow parish council, he was also involved in the Newmarket Scouting movement.
Gardening, computer work and, in his earlier years, dancing, were among his hobbies and interests.
Mr Starling is survived by his wife, Margaret, and leaves two sons, Mark and Andrew, and two grandchildren, Matthew and Megan.
The service was taken by the Rev Graham Locking and family mourners were: Margaret Starling (widow), Mark and Andrew Starling, Jo Starling (rep Matthew and Megan Starling), Sylvia Womersley, Peggy Womersley, Cherry Ward, Les, Doreen Collins, Marion Mills, Debbie, Valerie Hunns, Geoff and Janet Linsell, Harry French (M French and M Bird), Madge Sheldrick, Ray and Enid Sheldrick, Adrian Sheldrick (Richard Sheldrick and Katie Millar) and Ann and Sidney Cox (Mr C Sheldrick).
Among the other mourners were: May Chapman, Betty Richardson, Tess Mitchell, Myra and Derek Morris, Marjorie Turner, Barbara Fuller, Val and Peter Goodchild, Joan Lawrence (Colin), Mr and Mrs Gordon Barrett, Peter and Cath Autey, Mr and Mrs W Miller, Mr T Blaber (Jean Pendlebury), Paula and Jonathon Moon, Ann Castleton, Eileen Carter, Mr and Mrs K Jennings, John Whiterod, Keith Pringle, Chris Gore (Jane Gore), Jean Chivers, Janet and Sid Suttle, Bill and Elaine O'Gorman, Ray Byford, John Gowing, Lynette Firby, Arthur Nicholls, Betty Nicholls, Pam Morter, Maureen Howlett, Chrissie Barton, Audrey Drake, Ray and Pam Rudge (Newmarket Breast Cancer Support Group), Ann and Gerald Foster, Karen Weaver, Edgar Coxall, Cynthia and Dave Sherry (Paul and Lisa Sherry), Jeanne and Mike Holmes, M Gerrell, Ian Rutherford (Emma), D Peeling, Hilda and Tom Hansell, Mrs J Roys, Doreen Pearce (Mrs V Pearce), Mr and Mrs D Mace, Karen Allitt (Chris Allitt), Mr and Mrs D Barsby, Mr and Mrs S Cooper, Brenda Bott, Tony Carlton, S Cooper (Clem and Doreen Reader), Mr and Mrs L Plumb, Irene Plumb, Elizabeth Lomas, Mr G Singleton, Jackie Peacock, Mrs J Stittle, Mr and Mrs G Palmer, Mr J Stittle, Velda Le Cocq (John), Pete Cowling, Mr and Mrs P Cox, Roy Gates, Neville Fairhead, Tony Havis, Robert and Rachel Levitt, Gary Cox, Vin Everett, Mark Hendry, Bill and Anita McKenna, Carole Gowing (Thomas), Steve Crawford, Alan Cant, Mick Cowling, Jan Lovegrove, Mrs Carter (Jane), Ray Walker, 'Bubbles' Sheldrick, Jen and Eddy Robinson, Will Axon and Pippa, and Mr Duffy.