Some great memories over the years, Thanks Nigel.
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In loving memory of Nigel Twigg who sadly passed away on 17th May 2020.
Nigel Aubrey Twigg was born 2nd April 1954 at Southampton General Hospital to Aubrey and Cherry Twigg. Nigel grew up in Millbrook with being the eldest to siblings Dean, Glenn and Donna. Nigel spoke little of his life growing up with his younger brothers, their pranks and their sister; Donna, dolls being the brunt of them. Nigel was a member of the 2nd Southampton Scout group growing up. However Nigel was a private man who spoke rarely of his past and childhood.
In Nigel's younger years he was popular among friends and would visit one of his friends nans house; this was where he met Pat Wheeler. Pat Wheeler was the granddaughter to the nan and Nigel would visit often with his friends on their motor bikes where they'd have tea and cake.
In September 1971 Nigel and Pat began courting and married 21st August 1976. Their first house together was a flat in Bellemoor road above a hairdressers and Nigel being the owner of a white mini.
January 1978 Nigel and Pat welcomed their first child, Victoria Twigg; now living in their first house on Warren Avenue. Sadly in March 1979 Nigel lost his mum who he loved and still to this day found it hard to speak about his mum and her death. Nigel passed away on his mothers 90th birthday. Later that year Nigel and Pat welcomed their second child Matthew Twigg.
Around 1981 Nigel and Pat Moved to Norham Avenue where Nigel built his first fish pond which grew into a hobby. August 1985 Nigel and Pat welcomed their third child Katie Twigg, and later that year moved to Shirley; Darlington Gardens.
In October 1986 during the big freeze Timothy Twigg was born. Many memories of these tough years with building works, extensions, no heating, no running water and with sharing a room to keep warm. However through all these tough years Nigel continued to work hard as a tool maker at AC Delco's.
Nigel always worked hard for his family, funding holidays abroad and within the UK and the upkeep of the house. We all have fond memories of Nigel camping out in the new forest, buying doughnuts for the children and beer for the adults. Who would later gather round a camp fire cooking marshmallows and jacket potatoes!
Nigel had a lot of hobbies that came and went throughout the years. Nigel enjoyed his Land Rovers, camping, fishing, fixing cars, holidays, pets (known as the zoo) and towards the end a big contributor to flea bay; eBay.
In August 1997 Nigel became a grandfather for the first time and for the past 22 years Nigel has played an important roll to his 11 grandchildren; Thomas, Jack, Alfred, Tayla, Frankie, Owen, Ollie, Emma, Phoebe, George and Elsa. The grandchildren all have fond memories of their granddad laughing, joking being silly and most importantly they knew they were loved, always with a hug and a kiss.
Nigel had a few years being a taxi driver however he found more comfort sat at home while his wife was working and disappearing out when she came home. Nigel had a heart attack in 2006 which meant he had to give up being a taxi driver and instead became a support worker in the community.
Nigel enjoyed being a support worker and would come back and talk about his outings and adventures that he got up to. Going to the cinema, playing pool, driving out to Beaulieu and Lyndhurst and his daily pub breakfast with a client. Sadly Nigel became ill with his heart and diabetes and had to retired early.
Through Nigel's retirement he spent time going on holiday with his children and grandchildren and enjoyed days out. Nigel enjoyed watching his grandchildren play football and always showed an interest with all their hobbies and enjoying joining in with the odd Tik Tok. Nigel was always a phone call away and with 5 minutes notice able to pick his grandchildren up from school. Nigel always thought of others and as long as his children were happy that is all that mattered. On many occasions he would say that he'd rather help now than when he was gone. Nigel had a gentle soul and always put others first, Nigel always wanted a quiet and peaceful life. If there was anything you needed or wanted to know Nigel always knew. From his children; he knew everything there was and had a magic trick of reading with his eyes closed!!
Nigel set out in life what he wanted to achieve; he gave his wife and children a safe and loving home, a relationship of love, trust and friendship. We all have countless memories of Nigel that we will all treasure forever and be grateful for the advice, support, love and kindness that he gave. There are also so many achievements that Nigel has achieved throughout his life, but his biggest was his 4 children Victoria, Matthew, Katie and Timothy and the marriage to Pat for 43 years and together for 49.
Nigel will be missed by many leaving behind his wife, children, grandchildren, family and friends. A Loving husband, father, grandfather and brother now reunited with his parents and brother's, Dean and Glenn.