Obituary Harold Ford

Obituary Harold Ford

By Richard Hindley

Harold and I shared many happy years at Wilton Bowls Club, not to mention our somewhat zany sense of humour. It took him three years to persuade me to join, so now the members know who to blame.

Harold was brought up on Fancy Row, Wilton, with his sister Hilda, followed by two brothers and another sister. He worked with B & M Coopers, Wilton, before his National Service in Cyprus where he met up with his brother Tony. Later, they were both awarded the General Service medal.

On his return, Harold married and had two daughters, Deborah and Denise, and started on his passion for bowls at the Wilton Club.

Harold divorced and 10 years later, he met Joan. He introduced her to bowls and over the years they spent many happy hours together at the Club.

Harold was an Honorary Life Member, a member for more than 50 years when he passed away. He tirelessly gave his time to help new members and promote the club.

After he put his bowls shoes away, he would sit in the foyer, wearing his Panama Hat with books of raffle tickets. Nobody could escape ‘Harold the Hat’, as he was fondly known.

Harold was an extremely keen member of the club, he also had an endearing sense of humour and was a real gentleman. It is a well-worn phrase, but the club will not be the same without him.

Harold leaves his wife Joan, daughters Deborah and Denise and his sister Hilda. He joined two of his brothers at Fugglestone Churchyard at his funeral on January 4.

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