Anthony ( Jim ) Tatford (21 Feb 1932 - 20 Jan 2021)

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Date
10th Feb 2021
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10.15am
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Anthony “Jim” Tatford 1932-2021


Petersfield lost one of its most popular and well-known residents this month. Anthony George Tatford, known as Jim, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday 20th January, with his wife Jane by his side.

Born in Bournemouth in 1932, Jim had fond memories of his wartime childhood, spotting planes and collecting shrapnel. He joined the army as a boy soldier in September 1946, and came to Bordon in 1949 as part of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. There were two Tonys in the unit in 1946 so the instructor made them toss a coin to decide who got to keep their name. Jim lost, and ended up being Jim for the rest of his army career!

A gun and tank specialist, Jim served all over the world, including Japan, Gibraltar, Borneo, Singapore and Germany. Most notably, he was on duty in Berlin on the very night the Berlin Wall was built. With typical understatement, Jim said it was all rather confusing as no one knew what the Russians were up to!

In 1955, Jim married Mary who became a very supportive army wife. They had two sons, Paul and Andrew, who spent their childhoods in Singapore and Germany before coming to Petersfield for secondary school. By then, Jim had left REME and joined SEME, the School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, based in Bordon once more.

A keen competitive marksman, Jim also excelled at badminton and represented the Army on several occasions. He was a devoted biker, and was an active member of the Honda Goldwing Motorcycle Club on his magnificent golden beast! He loved regular cycling and running and completed several half-marathons, including the Great South Run.

Very sadly, Mary passed away in 1987. In 1993, Jim met Jane through his badminton classes and romance blossomed when Jane asked him to help her train for a marathon. When Jane learned that he had a motorbike, she knew he was the man for her! They married in Tucson, Arizona in 1998 and went on to travel all over the world, including Nepal, Jordan, and a tour of Scandinavia on the Goldwing. Jim and Jane shared a love of ballroom dancing and danced five nights a week for many years, including some memorable visits to the Tower Ballroom in the Blackpool Tower. Later on, Jim helped Jane to run her popular Fitness Classes for Over 50s, keeping up with the energetic routines well into his 80s.

It was impossible for Jim to walk down the High Street without being greeted by an acquaintance, which made his stepdaughter Vicky joke that he was the unofficial King of Petersfield. He was a gentleman to the last, modest, generous and full of love for his family. He is survived by Jane, his sons Paul and Andrew, Jane’s children Vicky, Kate and James, and nine grandchildren. His family would like to thank the nurses from the Rosemary Foundation for their incredible support which enabled Jim to stay at home until the very end.

Kate Coulson donated £50 in memory of Anthony

A token of appreciation for Jim's guardian angels xxx

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  • Thank you, Kate xxx

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Dad at the Motorcycle show NEC Birmingham Nov 2016

Dad at the Motorcycle show NEC Birmingham Nov 2016

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Holly Nettle donated £20 in memory of Anthony

God bless you Jim. You were an absolute treasure. The boys were blessed to have you as a Grandad x

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  • Thank you Holly x

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Mike&Jan Moore donated £100 in memory of Anthony

Very sad to lose Jim. He was a really lovely man.

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  • Thank you so much x

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Emily vanZwietering wrote

All my love to you, Jane and to Jims family. I only met him once, but what a lovely human being. sending you healing thoughts and lifting you all up. Love to all
Emily Pici vanZwietering & Marten vanZwietering

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June and John Chapman donated in memory of Anthony

We will miss Jim our cheerful neighbour. We are thinking of you and your family Jane. With love from June and John

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Sophie Tatford donated £10 in memory of Anthony

In memory of Grandad. With all my love,
Sophie x

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Bridget McConnell wrote

It was so moving to be with you all and see the wonderful commemoration of Jim, a kind and loving soul and celebrate his life with you. Even if from a little futher way geographically, I felt very much there with you all in spirit. Lots of Love xxxxxxxx

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Nan Biles donated £10 in memory of Anthony

With fond memories of cheerful chats with Jim

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Thinking of you all with much love a d remembering dear Jim and so many lovely times you both shared at the pool. Rest in peace. Xx

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Gary Dennett donated £20 in memory of Anthony

Our thoughts and prayers to the Jane, Paul, Andrew and the family at this time.
Love Gary & Louise x x

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Patsy vanZwietering donated £30 in memory of Anthony

Dear Jane, Jim was so well liked that he will be missed by so many people,

always a cheerful smile and a cheeky grin.

My thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Love Patsyxx

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Looking very handsome at Kate and Chris'wedding.

Looking very handsome at Kate and Chris'wedding.

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Kate and Chris used some of Jane and Jim's wedding vows.

Kate and Chris used some of Jane and Jim's wedding vows.

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Vicky, James, Mum and Jim at Kate and Chris' wedding.

Vicky, James, Mum and Jim at Kate and Chris' wedding.

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Christmas flowers for Christmas beauties.

Christmas flowers for Christmas beauties.

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Tea-time for Jim and his tiny friend.

Tea-time for Jim and his tiny friend.

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Terri Freeman wrote

I have such happy memories of dear Jim, a warm, fun loving, caring man, making keep fit classes an extra pleasure with his cheery presence. My thoughts are with you and your family Jane. Much love.

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  • Thank you Terri x

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Dad, Me, Andrew Dads birthday Queens Head Sheet

Dad, Me, Andrew Dads birthday Queens Head Sheet

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Jim and Bruce in the park - summer 2020.

Jim and Bruce in the park - summer 2020.

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Jim cuddling Missy dog.

Jim cuddling Missy dog.

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Jim with baby Tana in Norwich.

Jim with baby Tana in Norwich.

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Jim playing tug-of-war with Missy.

Jim playing tug-of-war with Missy.

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Kate Coulson wrote

The sweetest, kindest, most gentle-man I have ever had the pleasure to meet. I honestly couldn't have designed a better human to take care of my darling mum - you really were her missing slipper.
A loving and loyal friend to Vicky, James and I, and a wonderful Poppy to Tana and India, Jim Tatford, you will be missed. But the joy that you have brought into all of our lives remains. And for that we will be forever grateful. Rest peacefully, dear Jimbo ❤

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  • So, so true. xx

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  • Poppy and Tana reading the news.

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  • Tana and India's last summer visit to the UK.

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