Charles William Read (25 Apr 1921 - 25 Jan 2021)

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Location
West Suffolk Crematorium, Abbey Chapel Risby Bury St Edmunds IP28 6RR
Date
11th Feb 2021
Time
3.30pm
Funeral Director
Andrew Bingham Independent Funeral Services

Charles William Read of Combs Ford and Onehouse passed away peacefully in West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds on January 25th 2021, aged 99 years. A wonderful husband of the late Clara, a much loved father to Heather, Ian and Jennifer and a dear father-in-law to Robert, Graciela, Mill and the late David Begbie. A loving grandfather to Christopher, Stephanie, Jennifer Clara, Ian, Louise and Thomas and a proud great grandfather to Clara, Reid, Henri and Lachlan. He will be missed as much as he was loved and will remain forever in our hearts. A private funeral service will take place at West Suffolk Crematorium, Abbey Chapel on Thursday 11th February 2021 at 3.30pm. Family flowers only please but donations if desired made payable to 'Parkinson's UK' may be sent care of Andrew Bingham Independent Funeral Service, The Nutshell, Milton Road South, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1EZ. Tel.01449 771666 or made via the just giving link. Charles' funeral can be viewed live at https://www.obitus.com - username: Ruba5199 password: 401452

Tim Carey wrote

The youngest, almost 100 year old I have ever known. Bright eyed, sharp witted, interested and interesting, describes Charles. We met at the Good Neighbours Scheme Wednesday coffee morning in Trinity Hall. Charles was keen to converse and when unable to hear and join a conversation would ask for an insight or question what the laughter was about. One of these conversations led to Charles, Patricia, Jean and I going to an evening performance by the Maasai Warriors who sang, danced and shared their fascinating traditions and culture including their incredible jumping skills.
We also fitted in a visit to the GP surgery and later lunch at Woodbridge and a lovely stroll by the river.

Charles was obviously popular with his carers, Patricia who flew in from Portugal, Ella from Poland and Sarah from the UK. Charles enjoyed their support with grace and gratitude.

He owned a carpentry and joinery business in what at the time was Rhodesia and continued using his woodworking skills back in Onehouse to do house maintenance locally, such as repairing sofits. His tools had been available to others he told me, but were now depleted.

Charles spoke proudly of his children, telling me his son Ian, the CEO of Pfizer in America, kindly flew him to the USA in their private jet for a Christmas break. He also talked about owning a post office at Combs Ford and another in Bury St Edmunds.

A strong character, Charles spread sunshine to those around him. It's been my pleasure and privilege to have had his frienship and an honour to have known him.

PS. As I write this tribute to Charles I watch and listen to the music and singing of the Maasai Warriors. A lasting memory!

Tim Carey

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Jennifer Begbie donated in memory of Charles

Thank You Pop, for all you have been to me and for me. You remain so strong in my heart xxx

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Chrystal Sitton wrote

We will never forget the first time we ever met Charles when we moved into Onehouse in 2003 and had not long arrived, when Charles came bounding over with a friendly smile and warm greeting and informing us that he was our neighbour and politely introduced himself. It was a lovely surprise and much appreciated! From then on we received a personal delivery of apples from his garden Apple Tree which again were gratefully received along with his kindness and generosity. He was a person who made an instant impression when you met him and has done ever since. We admired his courage and utter determination in his latter years with his daily exercises and walks and he will be sadly missed by us and all the many residents he knew in Onehouse. Our thoughts and prayers go with you his family at this sad time, but know he will live on in your hearts forever. Thank you for allowing us to pay our last respects and also be a part of his funeral service and celebration of his life today.

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Charles cutting his cake at his last game at Stowmarket bridge club.

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David Willson donated £50 in memory of Charles

I was so very sad to hear of Charles' passing.
He was really looking forward to reaching 100.
My sincere condolences to all the family.

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Eric And Hilary Pixton wrote

You have always had a very special place in our lives and we have only ever shared fun times with you. Shall always remember you
and share our memories with our dear Jennie. XX

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Great day with some of the families ,will miss you so much Charles x

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James Souter donated £20 in memory of Charles

Uncle Charles, a gentleman RIP Jim Katie

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Mill Nau donated in memory of Charles

Dear Charles, remembering you as a true gentleman, an amazing father, grand father and great grand father. We only met at a later stage in our lives, but these last 11 years have been packed with wonderful moments that we were able to share together and we will be badly missing those and of course your teaching of university of life.
We will now happily work on keeping your legacy alive and pass it on to future generations.
Rest in peace my friend.

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Heather Douglas wrote

Rest in peace now Charles, you will be a sad loss to your family. A life well lived.

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Paula Eyton donated £10 in memory of Charles

So sorry for your loss Heather & family

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Chris Heath wrote

Lots of lovely memories from your many visits to Luxembourg over the years.
Will be truly missed.
All our love Chris, Jim, Shaun and Marc xxx

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Karen and Colin Pack wrote

In loving memory of a true English gentleman.May Charles rest in peace.

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Lynda Shorto donated £10 in memory of Charles

In memory of a lovely man who will never be forgotten.

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Dis Bond donated in memory of Charles

To me Pop will be forever dancing the twist. Keep dancing where you are now.

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Ian Read wrote

Grandpa, I am so sad you are gone, but so happy to know you are rejoined with your wife, brothers and parents. We will miss you dearly, please watch over us until we meet again.

Love,
Ian

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