Obituary: Anthony Humphries

Much-travelled Anthony William Humphries, of Harry Palmer Close, Fordham, died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, on November 28, 2012, after a short illness. He was 87.

Born in Newmarket on April 19, 1925, he attended the All Saints’ School. On leaving, he worked at the Fordham Road flax factory until he was old enough to apply to join the Royal Navy.

Late 1942 he volunteered to enlist in the Royal Navy but failed the medical due to colour blindness. He decided to join the Royal Marines, and reported for service at Chatham Barracks in February 1943. After initial and trade training, he was posted to Italy and saw service up through the country and into Germany.

Following the end of hostilities he re-enlisted and spent time on the commando course and obtained the Green Beret. He spent six months on board HMS Sheffield accompanying the band of the Royal Marines on a goodwill tour from San Francisco down the West Coast of America calling in the major towns, through the Panama Canal, round the Caribbean and back home. Further service was spent in Hong Kong, visiting Japan, and the remainder in England.

On return to civilian life in 1952, time was spent working for local builders H A Human, Holland Bros and Mick Carrick for some years.

He then joined his brother-in-law, Dick Morley, to work at his horticulture nursery, the most happy and satisfying time in his working life he considered.

On retirement his time was spent tending his own and other people’s gardens and he looked forward to his weekly trips with wife, Edna, round the villages for local produce and a good chinwag.

His other enjoyment was his interest in his nephews and nieces and their offsprings in their progress at work, school and in sporting achievements.

Mr Humphries is survived by his wife, Edna.

His funeral was held at West Suffolk Crematorium, Risby, on December 10 and the Rev Graham Locking officiated.

Family mourners were: Edna Humphries (widow), Audrey Cole (rep Lucy and Simon), Michael and Christine Humphries (Paul), Margaret and Frank Brophy, Derek and Christina Humphries, Anita and Cyril Sheffield, Diana Bedson, Sheila Humphries, Kathleen Newton, Marion and David Tolworthy (Sue and Percy), Jamie and Kate Tolworthy (Joshua and Jacob), David Bailey, Penny and Terry Sennitt, Sylvia Carter (Ted), David Munns (Christine), Ann Coombes (Charlie), Jill Kiteley (David), Martyn and Ginny Brophy (Liam and Kira), Julie Kerr (Craig and Johnny), Ben Kerr, Joanna Kerr, Nicola Brophy, Tim Brophy (Jennifer and Georgina) and Camilla Wemyss.

Other mourners were: John and Ann Grainger, Mr and Mrs David Willits, Jill Humphries, Rick and Madge Harris, Doreen Burton, Betty and Reg French, Shirley and Terry Leonard, Robert and Yvonne Nicholls, Betty and Cecil Canham, Derek Nunn, Sue and Mike Lyjinsky, Chris and Davina Cooper (John and Shirley), Stephen and Lyn Hook, and Pat Churchman.