Obituary and Memorial of the Late William ‘Arthur’ Davenport
The funeral of William ‘Arthur’ Davenport took place at Birches Crematorium on March 24th 2023, and was officiated by Civil Celebrant Karen Boaler.
William, affectionately known as Arthur was born at 102 Boundary Lane, in Congleton on the 27th of July 1940. He was the only child of Marian and Arthur Davenport.
Arthur attended primary, junior and high schools in Congleton before leaving school aged 15 to enter the workplace as an apprentice carpenter. Working in Macclesfield and he would later go on to be a joiner and a draftsman.
Arthur met and married Janet, and the couple had two sons Jon and Mark. At some point during 1970 the family moved to Cape Town, South Africa with Arthur’s work.
Sadly, his marriage to Janet ended in divorce and he later met his second wife, Betty. They were married just three weeks after their first meeting, but they had 43 years together until she sadly passed away in November 2018. Rose & Bobby, Betty’s children were also welcomed into the family.
The family returned to the UK in 1977, and set up home next door to Arthur’s mum on Boundary Lane. They did return to South Africa many times until finally returning home in 2016.
Arthur was always a nature lover, with a fondness for birds and gardening. His love of steam trains began from a very early age, most probably inspired by his dad who was employed on the railways. Arthur loved nothing more than family holidays which included train rides.
In his later years, Arthur kept his Christmas Tree out all year. His argument being that we all need a bit of Christmas cheer no matter what the month!
Arthur had a contagious laugh and everyone around him couldn’t help but join in.
Arthur was one of a kind, a definite one-off and will be so missed by many. Family was his everything and he leaves behind a great legacy in his children Jon, Mark, Rose and Bobby and their partners Amanda, Pam, Steve and Lola.
He was granddad to Amie, Natasha, Michelle, Annabelle, Kayleila, Leigham, Nathan and Brandon
and great granddad to Callum, Laila Mai, Kieron, Anita, Sabrina, Tabitha, Tilysha, Ella, Jayjay and Roman.
Arthur’s final years were spent living in the Laurels care home. Sadly overtime his health declined and peacefully passed away on 23rd February 2023 at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport. His funeral was held at Birches Crematorium on Friday 24th March 2023 and was officiated by Civil Celebrant Karen Boaler.
Arthur was taken into the chapel and accompanied by ‘Close To You’, by The Carpenters. Karen offered a warm welcome to everyone attending before reading the poem ‘Afterglow’ by Helen Lowrie Marshall. She then read Arthur’s eulogy. Arthurs son Mark, and Daughter in Law, Pam had written personal poems and Karen then shared these with the mourners. They were all then invited to a moment of reflection as ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ by Simon and Garfunkel played. The congregation were then asked to join in and sing the Hymn, ‘Jerusalem’. On behalf of Arthur’s Grand-daughter Kayleila, Karen the read the poem ‘Goodbye Grandad’ by Sarah Harrision and then offered the words of committal and a farewell to Arthur. A final poem ‘Do not stand here and weep’ was then read before the service was closed. The mourning party then filed past Arthur’s coffin accompanied by ‘Morning Has Broken’ by Cat Stephens. Each was offered a Daffodil to be placed on Arthur’s coffin.
In recognition of Arthur’s love of nature, donations in lieu of flowers were collected and given to support the work of the RSPB.
The celebration of Arthur’s life then continued with a private gathering at the Bleeding Wolf in Congleton.
Attending mourners were : Mr M & Mrs P Davenport (Son & Daughter in Law). Mr J & Mrs A Davenport (Son & Daughter in Law). Mrs K Bazquez (Granddaughter). Miss N Davenport (Granddaughter). Mr J Le Roux. Mrs J Pretorous. Mrs R Shaw. Mr N Dean. Miss M Turner. Mrs N Adams. Mr & Mrs D Lloyd.To enjoy the video from our youtube channel please see below. (If you're watching on a phone it's best viewed Landscape).