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Frank Coombes obituary

Frank Coombes: accountant who wrote book about the war for his grandchildren

A GRANDFATHER with distinguished wartime service and aviation career who spent much of his retirement actively involved in local organisations has died just a month before his 101st birthday. Frank Reginald Coombes and Ivy, the...
Yvonne King obituary

Yvonne King: former New Forest magistrate and longtime yacht club member

A FORMER New Forest magistrate and longstanding member of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club has died aged 91. Yvonne King spent most of her childhood in Canford Cliffs, Bournemouth, and was educated at Talbot Heath...
Ron Evans obituary

Ron Evans: veteran survived Blitz and one of Second World War’s bloodiest battles

A VETERAN who survived one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War and later went on to install the heating system for a young Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, has died aged...
Ivor Johnston

Dr Ivor Johnston: much-loved Lymington GP with personality and humour

MUCH-LOVED loved Lymington GP for four decades, Dr Ivor Johnston, has died after battling cancer, aged 85. Born in Manchester in 1934, he grew up in the Wallasey area of Liverpool where his father was...
Wally Wright

Wally Wright: humanities teacher, lifelong rugby fan and ‘wonderful man’

A FORMER head of humanities at Noadswood School and rugby enthusiast Wally Wright has died at the age of 85. Described by his daughter Katharine as an extremely generous and kind man, Wally was a...

Monica Langston: parish champion who ran village post office

PARISH champion Monica Langston, who ran Lyndhurst’s post office for many years, served as church warden and was a longstanding volunteer at the community centre, has died at the age of 87. Along with her...
Lymington artist Daphne Bruce

Daphne Bruce: accomplished artist who studied under Henry Moore

SCULPTOR and poet Daphne Bruce died just three months after celebrating her 100th birthday in Lymington. An accomplished artist who studied under Henry Moore, Daphne was also a gifted oil painter and enjoyed wood whittling. She...

Stuart Bailey: tool hire business founder who worked on record-breaking steam car

SINCE a small boy Stuart Bailey was never happier, according to his family, then when he was “tinkering around with something in his shed.” It was no wonder that Stuart went on to found one...
Gill and Wayne Loveland

Gill Loveland: helped run company transporting world’s most precious cars

A WOMAN who for decades was responsible for the global transportation of some of the world’s most valuable cars has died aged 60. Gill Loveland, of Blackfield, had been a director of Marchwood-based Polygon International...
George Stickland was born in Bashley

George Stickland: stationer and Bashley football fan ‘knew everyone’

WELL-KNOWN New Milton stationer and newsagent George Stickland has died at the age of 92. A familiar face in the town, George and his brother John ran Murray’s on Station Road for 40 years. He was...
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