Andy "Jiffy" Elkins (2 Jul 1960 - 14 Apr 2020)

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Andrew ‘Jiffy’ Elkins
Julie, Stephanie and Nicola would like to take this opportunity to express their thanks and gratitude to the following people at this incredibly sad time.
We would like to thank the doctors, nurses, health care assistants and staff at Southmead Hospital for enabling us to have an extra three and a half years together.
To the doctors, nurses and all members of staff, especially Olivia, who held his hand when we couldn’t in the High Dependency Unit and to Hestercombe Ward at Musgrove Park Hospital for the outstanding level of care whilst working in extreme circumstances.
To Matt Ball and Peter Evans of Hinkley Point B Power Station for their fantastic level of support, along with a staggering donation of £1,000 from EDF Energy in memory of Andy to our chosen charity.
To Emma Britton for a wonderful service. It was everything he would have wanted and more.
To family, friends, neighbours, colleagues and Carnivalites for their overwhelming love, well wishes and support shown by the numerous cards, messages and posts on the obituary page. These tributes and photographs have brought us laughter, tears and pride.
For the many bouquets of flowers we have received that have truly uplifted our spirits.
A very special thank you to Mark Robson of Robson & Stephens Funeral Directors for the care, kindness and meticulous attention to detail whilst organising Jif’s funeral with us.
Thank you to everyone for their generous donations to Musgrove Park Hospital High Dependency Unit.
However the biggest thank you of all goes to you Jif, for being such a wonderful husband, fantastic Dad and best friend, who was always there to support us. You have given us and many other people lots of happy memories to treasure forever.
Please stay at home and keep yourselves and your families safe. Enjoy every moment with your loved ones, you never know when that time might end.

His family have encouraged all of his friends and colleagues to take a few minutes to remember him by listening to his favourite song Daydream Believer - The Monkees at 1pm on Friday 24th April.

Andrew was born in Scotland and lived in London, before residing finally in Bridgwater.

Not unlike so many of you in the Town, he has devoted most of his lifetime to being in Carnival. As a proud Founder Member, Life Member and Former President of Cavaliers C.C., he has been remembered over a multitude of years for his lively and mischievous character and many antics, though his hilarious on-stage roles - as a priest, seagull, little yellow fish and donkey to name a few - have often taken the spotlight.

Ever the hard-worker, he talked much of his esteemed and cherished colleagues at Crypton and Hinkley Point B after each day he spent at the organisations. He shared countless stories of sticky-notes shenanigans and hazard tape tomfoolery for us to reminisce on forever.

By reason of the Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing restrictions, a small, private family service will take place initially, with a memorial service to be arranged for later in the year. These details will be released in due course.

He was a loving Husband, Father and Brother and his family would like to thank everyone for their love and support at this very troubling time and hope you are all safe and well wherever you are.

For those who would like to make a donation, please use the link on the right side of the screen to give to Taunton & Somerset Trust, Love Musgrove, High Dependency Unit. There will also be a box situated for donations at the memorial. Thank you for your generosity.

For all enquiries, please contact the Funeral Directors:

Robson & Stephens,
Funeral Services,
14 Park Street,
Minehead,
Somerset,
TA24 5NQ

Tel: 01643 703000

Susan HAgue donated £10 in memory of Andy

I would like to donate something to this fantastic charity, in memory of Andy, who I did not know but heard so much about from his lovely wife Julie

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Nicki Elkins donated £165 in memory of Andy

We are delighted to have received £165 in cash donations. Thank you all so much, guys!! :)

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Phil Gascoigne donated in memory of Andy

I worked closely with Jif, at Crypton, for about 25 years. We spent many happy hours driving together, mostly to places which could test the equipment he had designed. There was never a dull moment with his lively sense of humour and loudly putting the world to rights. He would often finish with " course, I've got no strong opinions about it". I didn't live locally, so he soon introduced me to Uncle Ernie and Cousin Phil, to get new car tyres. He demonstrated the dedicated effort and enthusiasm which the carnival clubs put in, not just building the carts but year long fundraising ( pram racing etc) and the carnival concerts before the parade season. I well remember him singing his heart out on stage and always tried to spot him in the parades, monitoring the generator. My boys loved his description of electrical faults as "dark brown smells". He did a voluntary NVQ on designing and building the electrical system of carnival carts, leaving a written historical legacy, wherever it is now. His loss is a shock for all of us and leaves me with memories of a good friend, larger than life figure, always the life and soul of the party. Bye Jif!

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Jon Secker wrote

Andy put in a lot of work to help my Hinkley visits go as smoothly as possible. On some occasions I was even able to get some work done!! I will miss you Andy, my "brother from behind". If we do meet again, you can be Happy and I'll be Grumpy - just for a change!

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Ness Speed wrote

Where do I start, no words can describe what you were to me and always will be.
I have known Jif for 40+ years (since I was 1), he was always one of the family. We carried our friendship to Cavaliers.
Through the years he has bathed me, looked after me, and most important he taught me to drink.
He was always looking out for all of us, even when drunk.
Then one day he found who he was destined to be with 'Julie', they gave us all 2 wonderful girls, Steph and Nic, which he was so proud of.
Jif always moaned when I popped round, just told him to shut up and stay in the back room.
He will never be gone, as he lives on through all of us and our memories. He will always be cherished.
I'm sure we will all still sing "Daydream believer ", as we are being evicted from the pub, just for you Jif.
Love you and enjoy a drink
One day we will meet again.

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Id light it for you if i could Jif. RIP x

Id light it for you if i could Jif. RIP x

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Just cannot find the right words but the fun, the laughs, the silly things in carnival will stay with me forever. You were and will always be remembered as such a special, kind, friendly, loveable person. Always in my thoughts my very special friend. I just wish I was not writing this. Godbless sweetheart 💔x

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Meg Moore donated in memory of Andy

Your cheerfulness and uncanny ability to bring up unexpected alarms will be missed.

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Paul Hughes wrote

Goodbye Jiffy. They say that a good person never truly dies because they live on in people by how they are remembered, how they have influenced you, how they have changed your life. Well, never a truer word was said about you, buddy. You have changed everyone who knew you and have enriched our lives.

You and I shared some great times together and you really did brighten the place up. And boy did we have some laughs. In fact I cannot remember a single day in the thirty years that I have known you that we weren’t laughing and joking about something or other. You always brightened my day up, and I will cherish these memories forever.

So very sad to have lost you Jiffy, but so, so much better for having known you.

Goodbye mate.

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Happier times.

Happier times.

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Paul Hughes wrote

Goodbye Jiffy. They say that a good person never truly dies because they live on in people by how they are remembered, how they have influenced you, how they have changed your life. Well, never a truer word was said about you, buddy. You have changed everyone who knew you and have enriched our lives.

You and I shared some great times together and you really did brighten the place up. And boy did we have some laughs. In fact I cannot remember a single day in the thirty years that I have known you that we weren’t laughing and joking about something or other. You always brightened my day up, and I will cherish these memories forever.

So very sad to have lost you Jiffy, but so, so much better for having known you.

Goodbye mate.

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