It was with the greatest sadness that family, friends, neighbours and Wragby heard of the sudden death of Philip Bruntlett, who passed away on Sunday September 2 at Goltho near Wragby while working on the harvest.
Philip, aged 56, was born on November 2 1955, and was the youngest of three sons – Basil and the late David, born to the late Cyril and Gladys Bruntlett.
He spent his first seven years at the family home in Goltho where the three boys had so many happy times in the countryside and attended the local school in Wragby.
The family moved into Wragby in 1962 and they became part of village life. Completing his schooling, he went to Lincoln College where he studied joinery and carpentry and took employment with the local firm E H Thorne, but his love was always the countryside and so he moved to work for local farmer Steve Kilmister and then, for the last 37 years with Stephenson’s Farms at East Barkwith.
He was very well respected for his knowledge, kindness and dedicated hard work.
As a young man Philip got to know Heather, a Lincolnshire girl. Much of their courting was done on tractors and combine harvesters as the summer months were long for land workers.
They enjoyed many dances at Wragby Town Hall, East Barkwith Village Hall and trips to the Lincolnshire Wolds. They married at All Saints Church in October 1982 and set up their new home at Chambers Farm Wood, adding to the family with sons Adam, Edward and Jonathan.
Philip always worked hard for the family and was so proud of their achievements. He was a fabulous, hands-on dad and was always there to help and support them. Nothing was too much trouble.
As they grew up he gave support to them when they joined the local football club, he himself becoming a committee member, and was always encouraging them as they began to make their own ways in life. When time permitted, Philip looked forward to his shooting with his loyal gundog.
While hard working, Philip was utterly devoted to his family and Heather, who was his soul-mate and best friend. The two, except for work, were seldom apart.
Family holidays were always fun and the one time when Philip could switch off and relax, playing with the boys and being with Heather.
In more recent years holidays were spent in Cyprus, Majorca and Corfu, but the Lincolnshire countryside also gave them so much pleasure.
Only this year Philip was able to take part in the Quad-Track World Record. Heather rode to the venue with him and, when passenger seats were auctioned off to raise more funds, she was so excited to be able to be at his side during the event.
Philip is now survived by Heather, Adam, Edward and Jonathan. Known as “Mr Fix-it” he will be sadly missed by so many – devoted husband, dad, brother and a help to anyone and everyone.
The service: “A celebration of the Life of Philip Bruntlett” was held at All Saints Church, Wragby on Tuesday September 18, followed by cremation at Lincoln and officiated by Revd Mark Holden.
Family mourners were: Heather Bruntlett, (wife) Adam Bruntlett and Rachael Lawson, (son and son’s fiancée) Edward Bruntlett and Joanne Keenan, (son and son’s partner) Jonathan Bruntlett and Rebecca Everitt, (son and son’s girlfriend) Basil and Theresa Bruntlett, (brother and sister-in-law) Mr and Mrs Ralph Stephenson, (father and mother–in–law) Mr D Stephenson, (brother–in–law also representing Mrs J Stephenson, Miss Natalie Stephenson and Mr and Mrs R W Tratt nieces) Mr and Mrs Robin Stephenson, (brother and sister–in–law) Joy Stephenson and Mr Keith Richardson and Courtney Leader, (sister–in-law, partner and niece) Heather Clark, (sister–in–law) Annie Brown, (sister–in–law) Tim Stephenson, (brother–in–law) Mrs K Bruntlett, (aunt) Norman Bruntlet, (uncle) Chris Bruntlett, (aunt) Andrew Bruntlett, (cousin) Linda Newton, (cousin) Debbie Parker (also representing Richard, Rebecca and Emily – cousin) Angela and Ian Bruntlett (also representing Christopher and James Bruntlett – cousin and wife) (Eileen Rushby – cousin) Alan Bruntlett – cousin) Rosie Brown, (niece) Donna Bruntlett and Stuart Lee, (niece) Matthew Stephenson, (nephew) Lizzie Stephenson, (niece) Abigail Stephenson, (niece) Mr A Lee, (cousin) Colin Bruntlett (cousin) Bev Bloom (cousin) Mrs S Bruntlett.
Other mourners at the service included: Mr and Mrs Bob Clark, (acting verger) Jacqui Martin, Gillian Murphy, Andrea Ward, (also representing Valerie Cooper and Mr and Mrs Glen Marflitt) Anne Buffham, (also representing the Buffham family and Caroline Hydes and family) Jim and Jane Kane, John Lawson, John and Christine Lawson, Mr and Mrs B Chambers, David Todd, (also representing Cottingham Carol and Barry Garbutt) Mr J Harrison, (also representing Gillian Harrison) Kathy Dunn, (also representing Neil Johnson and the Wragby Fire Station crew) Pat Allan, Terry and Sharon Hoodless, (also representing Mike and Jane Perkins, Mrs Hoodless and Martin) Mr C Hyland, (also representing Mrs J Hyland) Janet Mettam, (also representing Peter Mettam) Bob Rhodes, (also representing R A Rhodes and Sons) Gloria Briggs, Alan Bancroft, (also representing Kevin and Carol Lowman) Shaun Dunn, Daryl Dunn, Mr and Mrs Roy Weldon, Karen Lee, Mr and Mrs K Lee – also representing Charlotte, Paul Harry and Rachel
Mr B Laughton, Mr Bryan Lee, Mr and Mrs Paul Schmitt, Brian and Marie Rhodes, Roy and Rachel Laughton, Richard Wright, (also representing Paul Johnson) Yvonne and Chris Wilson, Helen Rhodes, (also representing Philip Rhodes) David and Rosemary Howsam, Roger Strawson, (also representing Stourton Estates) Della Armstrong, Heather Parker, David Paddon, Dave Short, (also representing Sue Short) Keith Shaw, (also representing Doreen) Lil and Pete Kane, Mr and Mrs Peter White, Michael Marris, (also representing Stephen and Peter Marris) Bernard Scott, Jonathon Stamp, (also representing The Grange, East Barkwith, and Sarah Stamp) Richard Stamp, (also representing Michael and Graham Stamp and Graham Noon) Keith Wallis, (also representing Irene Wallis) Pete Steel, Gay Leverton, Stephen Woodcock, Alan Humphreys, Les Robinson, (also representing Joan Robinson) Mick Stamp, Stephen Campion, Gina Blundell.
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