July 30 2014 Latest news:
Monday, March 17, 2014
The wife of an agricultural engineer who died suddenly in January is putting on a yard sale to raise funds so she can finish the house they were building together.
Maggie Lock, of Laurel’s Reach, Elliott Road, March, is selling hundreds of her late husband Richard’s agricultural models, toys and other memorabilia.
Mrs Lock estimates there are more than 300 items dating from the 1950s to the present day, including model tractors and Caterpillar diggers, fleeces and caps.
Richard, who worked at RTC Plant Services in Peterborough, collapsed and died suddenly on January 27 aged 57.
He left behind his wife of 10 years Mrs Lock, two children Kevin and Suzanne, and two grandsons Jack and Josh.
She said: “I’m taking things day by day. You can’t replace a one-off. That’s the problem. He was absolutely unique - a giant of a person.”
Richard always liked doing things a bit differently and that was certainly the case for his funeral.
Instead of being transported in a hearse, his coffin was carried on the front of a digger through the town.
The procession set off from funeral directors Turner & Son, headed down Broad Street and picked up family and friends in Elliott Road before travelling to Ramsey, where he was buried.
Maggie says she does not have a target in mind but anything raised will make a big difference.
She said: “We were building a house when Richard died and it will be hard to move on until it is finished.
“Richard’s friends came together to organise his funeral and they have told me they will do whatever they can to help with the house. That shows how much he meant to this town.”
The yard sale takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm at Laurel’s Reach, Elliott Road.