A final farewell - in a digger bucket

Richard Lock's coffin on a digger. Picture: Steve Williams.

Richard Lock's coffin on a digger. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A digger was the unusual choice of transport to take an agricultural engineer to his funeral.

Instead of being transported in a hearse, Richard Lock's coffin was carried in the bucket of a digger.

A procession set off from funeral directors Turner & Son yesterday morning and travelled via Broad Street to pick up family and friends in Elliott Road, before travelling to Ramsey where he was buried.

The gathering returned to The Braza Club in March for a wake.

Mr Lock, of Elliott Road, March, collapsed and died on January 27, aged 57.

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He left Margaret, his wife of 10 years, children Kevin and Suzanne and grandsons Jack and Josh.

Mrs Lock said: 'We wanted to send my husband off in style.

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'He was a real character who lived life to the full. Rules and regulations did not apply to him.

'We were very happily married for 10 years and had a very good family around us.

'Richard worked with big machines all his life. He worked very hard but when he got home he turned into a doting dad and a besotted grandfather.

'I was very lucky to be with him. He would ring me 20 times a day to tell me he loved me.'

Mrs Lock remembers the last time they spoke.

She said: 'It was 4.05pm. He called me to say he had another job and I said 'never mind, I'll see you later'.

'We told each other we loved each other and that was that.

'They say he finished the job and then dropped to the floor.'

Mr Lock worked for RTC Plant Services, of Peterborough, which posted its own tribute on its website.

It read: 'It is with regret that we have to announce the passing of Richard Lock, our colleague and friend. He will be greatly missed.'

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