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Tribute to former Moorlands vicar

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A TRIBUTE has been paid to a former Moorlands vicar who has passed away at the age of 95. Reverend Richard Keith Boughey, formerly of Checkley, passed away at Richmond Village in Nantwich, on June 4, aged 95 years.

A TRIBUTE has been paid to a former Moorlands vicar who has passed away at the age of 95.

Reverend Richard Keith Boughey, formerly of Checkley, passed away at Richmond Village in Nantwich, on June 4, aged 95 years.

He was the devoted husband of the late Marlene, cherished and much loved dad of Simon and Ruth, caring father-in-law of Mary, and loved and respected by many friends.

Here, his son Simon Boughey looks back on his father’s life and pays tribute to him:

Richard was born in Belper in Derby. He lived there with his parents until he got married in 1958 and then moved to take up a job as deputy head of Cheadle Mackenzie, now Cheadle High School, in 1963.

He attended Bemrose School, Derby, and then joined the navy in May 1944 at the age of 17 and a half.

He would be in Yorkshire, Kent and went to sea in February 1945 and was on passage to the Far East and went to places like India and Burma.

He came home at the end of 1946. He then went to teacher training college in Birmingham in 1947 and left there in 1949 to become a teacher around the Derby area.

He was a teacher all of his professional life.

After Cheadle, he took a job as a lecturer at the Polytechnic at North Staffordshire during the 1960s. He was there until he took an early retirement in 1980, then becoming a teacher at the Open University and was an ordained minister from 1980 onwards.

He had his own church, Oakamoor Free Church, and he continued to do that into his 80s.

He even continued to do services and prayers for the Sunday service up until very late into his life.

He had a span of working for God and the church for around 80 years.

He was hobby-free, my dad, he loved his holidays.

We always had good summer holidays in North Wales whilst growing up and he had lots of Greek holidays with my mother.

He walked a lot and he once said with no classrooms and no stages I wouldn’t have done anything. He was an actor as well.

My grandfather was a very good singer, the performance part of that came through with my dad in acting.

He did a year of drama training at Rose Bruford College in London to study Drama in Education and when he came to see me in plays in London and he would love to see them.

Even whilst teaching, he did a lot of amateur theatre work around Derby.

The key to my dad’s several careers and what he loved doing was the fact that he was an extremely good public presenter of speeches and many would agree.

He read a prayer at my wedding to my wife, Mary, and did it superbly.

He also did poetry in Cheadle in his late 80s, and I watched him and I thought ‘you’ve still got it dad.’

He had the ability to command a room of people by his manner and his voice.

People mainly know him in the area through his work in the church, and that was a dominant strain of who he was, he was a man of faith.

He had a very full life, my dad.

Marlene was his beloved wife and they were a devoted couple. She died ten years ago due to Motor Neurone Disease. Even after her passing, he showed great defiance and will to go on.

He had two children: me, Simon Richard, born 1962 and my sister Ruth Melanie, born 1965.

Ruth suffers from severe cerebral palsy and is at a Leonard Cheshire home in Sandbach, dad’s devotion to Ruth in the face of many difficulties was inspiring.

He had a long life and a good life but none of us were ready for him to go.

Richard’s funeral is taking place on Friday, June 17, with the service and interment at St Mary and All Saints Church, Checkley at 11.30am.

Family and friends wishing to attend are kindly invited to meet at the church. Flowers may be sent, donations if desired for Hill House, Leonard Cheshire, Sandbach.

Donations and inquiries to J. P. Keates and Son Funeral Directors, Bank House, 37 Bank Street, Cheadle, ST10 1NR. Tel: 01538 752164. www.jpkeatesandson.co.uk

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