A funeral service was held at the East Riding Crematorium on Friday, 16th May for Mr John Charles Eling of Driffield who died in the Hull Royal Infirmary on the 4th May, 2014. He was 85.
The service was conducted by the Rev Jacki Tonkin.
John was born in Shropshire on 10th March, 1929 . When he was 13 years old the family moved to Hutton Cranswick where his father took over as the village blacksmith. John loved lorries and when his father bought the first Bedford lorry that was the beginning of John’s working life in the haulage business in 1948.
He married Marlene in Hutton Cranswick in 1952 and they went on to have three children. John, Marlene and family moved to Driffield in 1959 and the company became known as Eling Transport Ltd, remaining so until 1994 when John retired. His passion for lorries took a new turn after retirement when he began restoring American and vintage trucks. Despite having a heart condition he was renovating old vehicles up to 4 days before he passed away.
He will be sadly missed by all the family and his friends.
Family mourners: Mrs Marlene Eling, Trevor, Adrian and Joanna (sons & daughter),Gaye, Petra (in-laws), Karl, Martin, James, Isobel and Henry (grandchidren), Barbara & Gordon Ness (sister & brother in law), Pam & Anthony Ireland (sister & brother in law), Val & Mike McKnight (sister & brother in law), David & Ann Eling (brother & sister in law)
Others present: Mike & Janet Dowson, Les Shipley, Mrs Gwen Bradley, Alan Stephenson, Doug Stephenson rep D G Taylor Commercials,Gerald Munby, Margaret Taylor (niece), Julie Gravil (niece), Michael Eling (nephew), Kevin & Julie Hood rep the late Mr Ray Hood & family, Mr Peter Cockerton rep Mrs Cockerton, David Pilmore, Arthur Watts, John Hudson rep Joyce Hudson, David Shields, Chris Licence rep Betty Licence, Maurice Wood, Elizabeth Higgs, Mr Bernard Cutler, Kenneth Allen, Grace Wright, Wendy Warwick, Ian Dodgson, Robert Rodgers, John Newlove rep Mrs C Newlove, Chris Walker, David & Linda Walker, Yvonne Walker, Sue Rush rep Driffield Times & Chris Soanes, Deborah Richmond, Alan Nicholson rep Heather, Guy Newsam rep Muntons, Mark Ineson rep Muntons, Jayne Briggs rep Tony Hawkridge, Stephen Moate, Harry & Elizabeth Berriman, John Scholey David Taylor, Robert Hood, Dave Nicholls, Mike Hood rep Mr & Mrs J R Hood, Barry Read, Mike & Jan Nicholls, Patrick & Richard Farnsworth rep Mrs Betty Farnsworth, Christine Harland, John Thompson,Brent Halder, Maria Cawthorne.