OBITUARY AND MEMORIAL OF THE LATE Cedric WHARFE
Cedric known affectionately by his grandkids as “CV”, passed away peacefully without pain on March 11th 2020 at Macclesfield General Hospital, aged 87.
He was born in Bardsley, Audenshaw to Albert & Hannah Wharfe, living initially in the Oldham area, later moving with his mother & younger brother Joe to Biddulph as his father had accepted a manager’s position at Hinckley's Sand Quarry in Congleton.
Cedric attended Biddulph North Council School from 1938-1947. When he left school in 1947, Cedric went to work at Bowyer Bros in West Heath, as a Blacksmith/Engineer making aluminium parts for lorries etc. In 1953 he moved to Hinkleys Sand Ltd in Astbury Street until 1957 when he passed his PSV licence and joined PMT in Woodhouse St, Biddulph.
At the age of 33 he retrained as a Driving Instructor, setting up ‘Congleton School of Motoring’ gaining Advanced Driving Instruction ( ADI ) status a year later in 1967, serving the Congleton and surrounding area. He became well known in Congleton, had an excellent pass rate and many remembering him for his calm & relaxing approach in teaching.
He met his wife Margaret, through dancing events at Trentham Gardens & Kings Hall, Stoke and at somepoint he worked alongside her at ‘Stott & Smiths’ in Congleton, getting married in 1956, settling in Howey Lane, Congleton, subsequently having two children, Alison and Richard.
Cedric & Margaret got divorced in 1982 and a few years later he later met his long term partner Caroline who he spent his final days with.
Cedric was full of life, loved socializing, tennis and travelling as he loved Horses, so would travel all over the UK & Ireland to various stables, to view and chat with owners, trainers and stable staff alike, Coolmore been a fine example.
He was highly involved at Congleton Lawn Tennis Club in the early 70’s and wasn’t a bad player, later joining Bramhall Park Lawn Tennis Club later as both a full playing member and also took charge of grounds work.
He loved his children, five grandchilden, four great grandchildren, Jazz, Big Band music and gardening in particular with a great knowledge of race horses.
He spent his final weeks in Hospitals and a Carehome in Congleton, unfortunately due to the lockdown surrounding the outbreak of Covid-19, the family were not able to hold a proper funeral, so instead Cedric had an unattended cremation in the hope that later, once normality was resumed, the family could hold a proper 'Remembrance of his life' with a Burial of Ashes ceremony at St Peters Church in the foreseeable future.