A funeral service was held at the East Riding Crematorium on Wednesday, 3 April for Mr Raymond Seward of Eastgate, Nafferton who died in the Hull Royal Infirmary on 21 March. He was aged 74 years.
The service was conducted by the Rev John Gaughan
Raymond was born in York on 1st July, 1938 and also lived in Haxby and Wigginton with his parents Rose & Frank Seward. He was a choir boy at York Minster in the late forties, early fifties and also at the chapel next to the Minster, Michael-le-Belfrey. Ray moved with his parents to Nafferton when he was 12 when they took on the job of caretakers at the Methodist Chapel living in a cottage up the chapel side.
Ray attended Nafferton school. He was a keen footballer and played for the Nafferton team. After leaving school he went to work for Johnsons Bakery in Driffield as a bakehouse assistant. He then went to work for William Pudsey, helping in the coal yard. He also worked for Rudd’s and Thirsk’s Mill for many years and at Wold Farm, Nafferton where he learned how to milk a cow by hand. He was a ground worker for many building firms around East Yorkshire, he was a good worker and worked hard all his life.
Ray played darts and dominoes for the Kings Head Pub in Nafferton and it was there he met his wife to be Christine when she was cheering him on to win the match. They met in March, 1966 and married in July of the same year and would have been married for 47 years this year. They went on to have three beautiful children, Gary, Jeanette & Julie, later 9 grandchildren Martin, Cameron, Daryle, Larissa, Ellie, Chantelle, Abbey, Naomi and the late Michael who sadly died three years ago and later two great grandchildren Jacob and Keira.
Ray loved gardening and like keeping his garden lovely, growing vegetables and flowers and helping others as well in their gardens. He enjoyed his trips to the Falcon on a Monday for a drink with his mates, especially Foxy.
Ray was a very placid, laid back man and very easy to get along with, he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Family mourners: Christine (wife), Gary (son), Jeanette & Harry (daughter & son in law), Julie & Pete (daughter & son in law), Martin, Cameron, Daryle, Larissa, Ellie, Chantelle rep partner Nick, Abbey rep partner Jonathan & great grandchildren Jacob & Keira, Naomi & partner Andy (grandchildren).
Others present: Paula Somerville, Margaret Somerville, Rod & Susan Greenwood (brother in law & wife), Clive & Deborah Calvert rep Jaime, Emilie, Henry & Alice, Catherine Kitching rep Ian, Norah Croft, Melanie Croft, Ebony Mawer, Eric & Jayne Savage rep Steve & June Tate, Pat Savage rep Bob Potter, Maureen Crandley rep Roger Gaines & Alison & Rod Slater, Tracy Worswick, Steve Smith, David & Gillian Morris rep Jonathan, Hen Cooper rep David & Karen, Win Cooper rep Geoff Cooper & Katie Arrowsmith, Mick Rudd, Frank Storey rep Peter & Margaret Rounding, Nick Smith rep Deborah, Richard Smith, Gill Smith, Muriel Harrison, Mary Turley, Richard Goldfinkle, James Calvert, Claire Elgey, Alison Dean, Wendy Dixon, George & Jane Dixon rep Bernard Crozier, Mr & Mrs Harrison & Peter Wadsworth, Bill Edgar rep Keith Sims, Pete Hammond, Maurice Howland rep Janet Howland & Jackie Armstrong,Mr R Ireland rep Michelle Parks, Margaret Hillaby, Harold & Audrey Raines rep Peter Johnson, Dulcie Wright rep Karen & Julie, Marlene Edgar rep Martin & Mark, Lorraine Hancock rep Shane & family, Paul & Annette & Steve & family, Kath Sharman rep Tracy Duffield, Joan Smith rep Andrew, Gaynor & Travis & Jeanette & Lance & family, Hazel Hornsey rep Donna, Ian, Steph & Gemma & Mr & Mrs A Greenlaw & Mike, Gill & Cedric Calvert rep Linda Elvidge & Melanie & Julian Harrison, Paul Pickering rep Jo, Diane Ward, Dave Goldfinkle, Mike & Irene Anderson rep All Saints Church, Geoff Baker rep Ian Baker, Mary Taylor, Julia Robinson, Nick Clark, John Duggleby rep the family & Keith Dudding (Reddog), Ray Pleth rep Shelagh Pleth, Mick Fox, Alan Dawson, Jane & Alan Reynolds rep Chris & Mary Slater, Harry & Margaret Slater & Lorna & Matthew Stocks, John & Pat Hewitson rep Paul, Ivy Sadler rep Jill Higgs & Lindsay Sadler, Ian & Pat Hubbard rep Paula & Neil & families & Jenny Simpson, Sharon Brown rep Pat & Bob Brown, Dave Sach, Stephen Pether rep Giles Lawton, Ann & Brian Bennett, Christina & Andrew Featherstone, Mrs A Knowles, Mrs R Knowles, Tony & Brenda Tytek, Bob England, Marjorie Woodmansey, Derek Pickering, Margaret Johnson rep Anne Pudsey, Gavin Barker rep Sonya, Mr J Barker rep Sandra, John Agar rep Mrs Agar, Ann Hanes rep Fred & family, Peter Rodgers, Phil Walker rep Maureen Walker, Phil Barron rep Jim Barron, Simon Barron rep John Rodger, also rep Paul, Duncan, Sherry & Fiona Hebblewhite, Andrew Carr, Mrs D Carr, Mr & Mrs C Sixsmith, Kelly & Mark, Jack & Chloe Bollingham rep Margaret Bollingham, Michelle Gibbon rep Mark, Maggie & Gerry Croft, Sue Collingwood, Mr & Mrs K Barron, Mr Barry Legard, Audrey Pickering rep Sue & Roy Portman & Mick & Cherry Milner, Stephen Calvert rep Jane Calvert, Mr & Mrs M E Clark, Mr & Mrs Don Batty rep Mr Vic Shaw, Dan Taylor, Keith Harrison, Mr & Mrs J Pickering rep Mr & Mrs Milner, Mr & Mrs Ray Richardson rep family, Alan Ellis,Steven Duggleby rep Maureen & Julie Duggleby, Mike Edmond, Mark Edmond, John Ellis rep Brenda & Phil Davis, David Milner, John Dawson,Mike Stutt, Debbie Huggill, Sammie Pear, Tony Armstrong, Alison Smith rep all customers at Falcon Inn & Sue woodhouse, Maxine Sach rep Brenda Sach, Linda Calvert rep Gordon, Hayley & Lynsey Calvert, Nancy Grace, Rita Riggs, Andrew & Janet Parker rep Sam & Alex Parker, Peter Kelly rep Hilary Kelly, Nora Banks rep family, Kenneth Smith rep Ella Smith, Gail Smith rep Mrs Peggy Horner, Sally Bell rep Mick North, Mark Slater rep Sue Greveson & Mark Nellist.