I was sad to hear from John Ackroyd about the untimely death of 'Spout' Funnell ('59-'66)- resident of Steeton, sometime school teacher who died recently in Manorlands Hospice. To say that Geoff was eccentric would be an understatement. He was certainly endowed with an idiosyncratic personality and contempories will have fond memories of him. He was probably the most adept person I ever met at winding people up, notably Slim Day, for which he received frequent retribution via Slim's slipper! He once succesfully prosecuted me in a mock trial where I unwisely defended Pontius Pilate (Jo Watthey was the judge, so no chance of an acquital!). It would be good to hear other 'Spout' anecdotes. Apparently the Craven Herald gave him a good obituary. May he rest in peace. GRGR
I remember Geoff ('Spout) Funnell. Where did he get his nickname from? He certaily was eccentric.
At Percy Peart's railway society outings, on more than one occasion tried to sneak a 'souvenir' (eg lamp or sign etc) out of the engine sheds, but was rarely successful.
On Thursday March 2 at Manorlands Hospice, Oxenhope. Dear son of Kathleen and much loved dad of David and Andrew and brother of Stephen. Special thanks to Susan
whose help and support was invaluable. The funeral service and cremation took place on Wednesday March 8.
Donations are still being received in Geoff’s memory to Manorlands c/o Whitlock & Craven Funeral Directors, Silsden.