Tributes have been paid to a much-loved community stalwart. Neil Wint, who was well-known in the local Scouting community of the Moorlands, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 5, aged 66 years.
Tributes have been paid to a much-loved community stalwart.
Neil Wint, who was well-known in the local Scouting community of the Moorlands, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 5, aged 66 years.
He was the devoted husband to Beryl, beloved father to Jodine, Kieran, Kirsty and Gareth, a much loved grandfather to Dillan, Jared, Isaac, Poppy, Jacob, Noah, Jack, Katie, Evie and Isobel, father-in-law to Richard, Kerry, Tracey and Jess. Neil will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Here, Neil’s nephew Graham Jones pays tribute to Neil, with contributions from Neil’s family, friends and scouting colleagues.
Neil said: “On Friday, February 5 we said goodbye to much-loved local man Neil Wint.
“An expat Alton lad who settled in Ashbourne Road, Cheadle with his wife, Beryl, where they raised their family Jodine, Kieran, Kirsty and Gareth and more latterly helping with Dillan and the rest of their grandchildren.
“He was an extremely hard-working bloke who unfortunately had to retire early from Severn Trent due to his difficulties with MS.
“However, Neil wasn’t one to sit back, instead he gave an enormous amount of time and toil to the community.
“He became a scout leader for Cheadle 2nd and was the driving force behind several projects at Consall Scout Camp – his most notable achievement there being the abseil wall which he would proudly tell you is partly made from a piece of Cheadle history: a section of one of the old Air Ministry aerial towers from Woodhead Hall.
“The 2nd Cheadle Scouts hut was another major success providing an indoor space to eat and even sleep when the weather turned too rough on lads and dads camping weekends, and was a sound base for organised weekend events.
“The huge shed itself had been donated and had to be dismantled and removed from the Perkins Diesel site in Stafford in one weekend.
“Quite a challenge for the motley band of volunteers he’d gathered together. But that summed Neil up a treat: say yes, we can do that, and then start trying to figure out how.
“It was done and the following weekend it was erected at its current site in the top field at Consall.
“Neil being a master of gratis procurement managed to gain the free loan of a large flatbed truck with Hiab and driver from New Hayden Pumps, a Severn Trent trailer, AC Chesters’ JCB digger and timber for the new floor from Newstead windows.
“Neil always made every effort to attend the Beavers, Cubs and Scout meetings, as long as someone would pick him up (usually Vince) and get him back home.
“He organised Beetle Drives to raise funds, a joint venture with the Methodist ladies, and he and Beryl also did the admin for and arranged the first aid training.
“When he wasn’t busy with Scouts, Neil spent his time helping family and friends with home improvement projects, sharing his creativity, skills and knowledge.
“He’d help anyone who asked, always eager to find a solution to a domestic DIY issue or design and build a float for Cheadle Festival – he even built one lucky lad a Tardis one year for Christmas.
“And, as if that wasn’t enough, he had his own hobbies too, creating fantastic model railways in his loft and garden and anyone who saw them would leave in awe.
“Somehow, he still managed to find the time to be a doting grandfather and in recent years, he’d often be seen out on his mobility scooter fetching grandkids from school or taking his dog for a walk.
“He loved to chat to anyone and everyone he met, and usually on Wednesdays he could be found chatting at The Raddle with ex-work mates and friends for a bottle of Manns, dinner and good pudding.
‘Neil’s witticisms, friendly banter and charm will be much missed by everyone who was lucky enough to make his acquaintance.”
A private funeral service for Neil will take place at Cheadle Methodist Church on Monday, March 8 at 11am followed by a committal at Carmountside Crematorium.
Family flowers only please, but your kind donations in memory of Neil may be addressed to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice and can be forwarded to Field Funeral Service. Tel: 01538 722665.
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