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Bill Thompson - Obituary

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from "Welney News" issue no. 40

On 12th June 2004 Bill Thompson of March Road, Welney, was killed in a road traffic accident in France whilst on a motorbike holiday with friends. Bill, 61, grew up in the Walpole St. Andrew area and moved to Tipps End and later Welney, following his marriage in 1963 to Christine (nee Stokes). He was the proprietor of West Norfolk Asbestos Removals, based in the village.

Bill was an active member of the community, including being a member of the 'Welney Follies'entertainment group in the 1970's and the LA's religious musical group in the 1980's. Bill was also a Governor of the William Marshall School for 17 years, including several years in the Chair. For the past 3 years he has also been a member of the local Parish Council..

Bill's many hobbies and interests over the years included Freemasonry, squash, holding a private pilot's licence, travelling, playing the guitar and electric organ and, most recently, being a member of the Harley Davidson group.

A thanksgiving service for the life of Bill was held at St. Mary's Church on 28th June, following a private cremation. Several hundred pounds worth of donations were made to the children's charity Barnardo's, which Bill had supported since his only child, Nikki, started working for them in the 1990's.

Christine, Nikki and father-in-law, Les Stokes, would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to the many villagers who have writ- ten, sent flowers and cards, and visited to offer their support and sympathy. It has been of great comfort to them during this time of sad- ness and loss.

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