Obituaries

Jonathan Langley    1955 – 2020

Jonathan known to many as ‘Lango’ or ‘Lobber’ lived in Repton all his life and was a popular figure, known as a man who ‘said it how it was’. After attending primary school in Repton he moved on to John Port school before working at Slater’s garden centre and Bexson’s builders. He later moved to work at Trent Alloys in Willington, later Calder Alumunium, and after being made redundant worked for UPS at East Midlands airport for over 20 years.

Always a fan of rock music as a young man he was into the motorbike culture, and not owning a bike himself could usually been seen out on the back of a mate’s bike, and there was an annual bikers’ trip to Blackpool.

Jon and Ros were married in 1980 after meeting in a local pub, the wedding of course taking place in March during the fishing close season, and the arrival of Sarah and Matt completed their family. Three years ago he was delighted by the arrival of a granddaughter, Alanamae, who became the apple of his eye.

Always a countryman he loved to fish and shoot. Every other weekend whatever the weather he would go fishing, often taking part in matches. He was part of a syndicate who fished at Smisby and previously had been water manager for the Old Trent water in Repton. Over the years he had also been actively involved with the Repton and District Angling Club, and both Burton and Derby Angling Associations.

He enjoyed meeting up with friends and had been a member of the Mount Pleasant darts team. Known always as someone who worked hard and would do anything for anybody without question, he was also a joker and enjoyed playing tricks on family and friends.

An outdoors man he could name any bird by listening to its call, knew the names of trees and enjoyed going to the Countryfile and game shows each year. Often after finishing work he could be found helping out on local farms, and there was not much he could not make out of wood whether it be an aviary, a chicken run or bird boxes.

The gentle giant has now ‘gone fishing’ and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. A collection in his memory totalling £1,230 has been sent to the Air Ambulance, a charity whose work he supported.

 

 

 

James Le Flock                1958 – 2020

James was born on 27th November 1958 at home in West Norward, London where his parents, Jean and Lionel Le Flock ran a grocery store.  His father was originally from Guernsey and the family, James and his two older sisters, returned to the island the following year.  For the three children Guernsey provided a safe and secure environment allowing them all a great deal of freedom and access to the outdoors including the many beaches around the island.

Following the moon landings in 1969 James developed a lifelong love of all things related to space – as a child it was not unusual for his family to come down for breakfast to find him “glued” to the TV watching the space race.  He was also always practical and from a young age spent many hours taking things apart and making models, time well spent when in later years he took to building replica ships. 

Always hardworking at 18 James gained a place at Lanchester Polytechnic unsurprisingly to study engineering, on his first day there he met Hamish and Stuart and the three of them remained firm friends.  Following completion of his Bachelor of Science degree in 1980 he went on to spend a year at Loughborough University in further study, before joining British Rail perhaps a surprising choice for a lad from an island which had no trains. It clearly suited him and he held various positions as a railway engineer for the remainder of his life, ultimately achieving the position of Chief Engineer at SNC Lavalin.  From comments made by his colleagues he was a pleasure to work with and generous with his time especially to the younger staff, clearly he enjoyed both the work and the social life which came with it. 

In 2011 James was elected a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, recognition of his skill as an engineer.

In 2006 James purchased a house in Milton and he came to love the home and the life he created there.  He was welcomed into the life of the village, made many very good friends, and became a stalwart of the community heavily involved in all aspects of life in a small village not least the open gardens which he loved. 

After many years of full-time challenging work James took early retirement, and although he continued to provide support for his colleagues as a Consultant he was taking the opportunity to spend more time at home and in his beloved garden, and to take holidays somewhere other than Guernsey.

James died suddenly and unexpectedly on 28 June 2020 following a catastrophic cardiac arrest.  He will be much missed not only by his mother, sisters Jane and Linda and their families, but also by his many friends in Milton and the colleagues and friends he made over the years at work

Maurice Hodgkin  1927 – 2020

Maurice, an all-round sportsman lived at The Ridge, Bladon Houses,  for over 50 years with his wife Patricia, a W.L.H.B exercise teacher.

Maurice started his football career even before starting school – having “borrowed” his dad’s boots, stuffing them with newspaper to fit, then off to Anglesey Road Recreation ground to play ‘footie’ with the big boys from Burton.

After starting school, it was obvious he loved – and was good at – all sports, and was soon chosen school captain. He went on to win a scholarship to Broadway Central School.  After graduation he started an apprenticeship in engineering, only to see everything change in the last year of the war when he was drafted into the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm and was posted to Sri Lanka in the far east. Peace was soon restored, and on the way back home calling in at Trincomalee he met up with old school friends – Patricia’s brother Alfred, and Maurice Edwards who lived in Repton and who later became his best man.

Back home in Burton upon Trent, Maurice started work at the Town Hall in the finance department. He joined several local football teams before joining Burton Albion as a professional, making 117 appearances between 1952 and 1957, scoring 69 times.

In July 1954 he married Patricia at St Modwens RC church in Burton upon Trent

After his playing career ended, Maurice joined Peter Taylor as assistant manager at Burton Albion, and then went on to work for Brian Clough at Derby county on the club administration side.

After retiring, Maurice enjoyed many days at Bretby Golf Course, before developing dementia and moving into Cedar Court Care Home in 2019. He sadly contracted COVID-19 and passed away on Friday 15th May.

 

Russell Muir    1940 – 2020

Russell was born in Stockton on Tees to Scottish parents and was educated at Bramcote in Scarborough, Shrewsbury, and Queens’ College Cambridge where he read Mechanical Sciences.   

After 4 years teaching at Brentwood School in Essex he arrived at Repton in 1968 to teach mathematics, a job he thoroughly enjoyed until his retirement.  After 10 years as Head of Department he became Housemaster of New House in 1983 which was the high point of his career at Repton.  During his 13 years there he was always keen to support his boys in whatever they were doing – on the sports field, at the art school, in the workshops, or on Sundays driving them to play golf locally or playing fives with them.    After leaving the house he returned to full time teaching before retiring in 2000, after which he continued with maths tuition either at the school or helping those further afield if they were struggling with a subject that was often much needed for further education.      

He was a keen philatelist specialising in Hong Kong stamps and their postal history.      

He enjoyed hill walks either with his family, Kathleen, Nick and Katharine in the Welsh hills or the Lake District, or more challenging ones like the Pennine Way. Latterly he was to be seen walking his border collie Robbie around the village before he became unwell. 

Above all he always looked forward to family gatherings with his 6 grandchildren either at home in Repton or at their house in Harlech, North Wales where the high spot would be peeling and eating the prawns the family had just caught in the pools locally.    In later years the annual summer holiday was in North Cornwall when he would treat them to a mackerel fishing trip with the hope of a BBQ the same evening – so long as he didn’t have to cook! He and Kathleen were married in 1970 in St Wystan’s church with the reception in The 400 Hall.    Almost 50 years later the wake was held there following a moving and uplifting Thanksgiving Service in The School Chapel