THE FAMILY of a Moorlands man who recently passed away have paid tribute to him and his legacy. Bill Burton from Alton, also affectionately known as 'The Baron', passed away on September 19, aged 91 and was laid to rest at St Leonard's Church in Bradley, next to a number of his late family members on Wednesday, October 16. Born on July 28, 1928 at New Farm in Bradley, Bill attended a private school in Denstone before earning a scholarship to study at Thomas Alleyne's High School in Uttoxeter.
He left school aged 14 and started by helping out on a farm as well as holding jobs in haulage and agricultural lime-spreading but went on to find his feet in the building sector, working into his 80’s.
He also developed a passion for horses and enjoyed looking after them, riding them and driving them to events.
Bill went on to have three children – Richard, Lisa and Rachel – and four grandchildren.
In later life he developed Parkinson’s disease although he never complained about it, according to wife of 17 years, Beverly.
She told the Times and Echo: “He never moaned about it, he just got on with it and took it in his stride.
Beverly described her late husband as a “determined man” who was “a very good provider and family man.”
She said: “He loved nothing more than a house full of people, with his family and friends around him.
“Bill used to say he was a listener, not a talker, always thinking long and hard before he spoke.
“He was very well-liked and quite a character. He was loved by a lot of people.”
Bill was the eldest child of 5 and sibling Donald gave testament to his brother.
He said: “Bill was a very laid-back man.
“When I was in the army and used to get dropped off by the coach and needed picking up, Bill was the one I’d go to because he would always be there.”
Beverly added: “Bill would always try to help anyone who was in trouble.
“He could always get you out of trouble because he was a deep thinker. He was charismatic, and always had a glint in his eye with a rise smile.
“He was a man of few words but his smile spoke volumes.”
Beverly said she’d remember the fun and friends they made through their horse breeding and racing events, explaining that there was just as much laughing as crying at his funeral, which was held at St Peter’s Church in Alton on Wednesday, October 16.
She said: “It was a real celebration.
“The church was packed with people of all ages and all classes. He was a kind man and had friends from all walks of life.”
Beverly summed her husband up as a “loveable rogue” who was loved by many people.
Maria and Ian Leyland from Cheadle are hosting a bingo night to raise funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and for the provision of heart screening for 14 to 35-year-olds in honour of their son Joseph who suddenly passed away in 2016 aged 16.
This will take place this on Saturday (November 2) at 7.30pm at Cheadle Cricket Club.
Tickets are £8 which includes a book of bingo tickets, the buffet and the raffle.
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