Farewell to a “wonderful man” - Funeral service for Des Tebble in Diss

Des Tebble, right, helping to repaint one of the stands at Diss Town FC in 1993. Picture: James Bass

Des Tebble, right, helping to repaint one of the stands at Diss Town FC in 1993. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press ©2003

Family and friends have gathered to bid farewell one of Diss's true characters - Des Tebble.

The funeral of former Diss FC chairman Des Tebble. Picture: Sonya Duncan

The funeral of former Diss FC chairman Des Tebble. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

More than 180 people were at the town's St Mary's Church for Mr Tebble's funeral today, following his death on November 8, aged 83.

Many knew Mr Tebble through his long and distinguished association with Diss Football Club, which he played for in the 1950s and was involved with as a chairman and in other volunteer roles for decades afterwards.

Rev Tony Billett led the service in praise of a man who was widely respected and loved.

Rev Billett said: 'His was an extraordinary life of enthusiasm and dedication in what he believed.

Des Tebble turning the Diss Christmas lights on in 2012 with help from Father Christmas. Photograph

Des Tebble turning the Diss Christmas lights on in 2012 with help from Father Christmas. Photograph Simon Parker - Credit: Archant


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'He was a wonderful man deeply committed to what he was doing.'

Hymns were read, prayers were sung, and as the service ended, football anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone' was played.

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Rev Billett recounted Mr Tebble's humble beginnings, born one of 10 children on Houghton Hall estate in west Norfolk, where his father was gamekeeper.

The family soon moved to Burston, where Mr Tebble grew up, and he eventually made Diss his home.

Mr Tebble got an apprenticeship with the Eastern Electricity Board and spent his whole working life there.

Rev Billett said: 'He knew how to treat electricity with care and due attention and make sure that other people, and that he himself, was safe.'

He was a devoted family man, marrying his wife, Phyllis, in the 1950s at Burston Church, and the couple had a son and two grandchildren.

Rev Billett said football was always Mr Tebble's passion, and he was given a traineeship at Norwich City Football Club but eventually had to leave because of an injury.

But, Rev Billett said, Norwich City's loss was Diss Football Club's gain, and he became renowned for his on-field talents playing several seasons in the 1950s.

After he retired from the field, he became a dedicated volunteer for the club.

Rev Billett said: 'Every institution needs people to show hard graft and get on with the less attractive jobs, working behind the scenes. 'That's what Des did in spades.'

Mr Tebble devoted much of his time to the upkeep of the club, doing odd jobs and selling countless raffle tickets.

He also held several positions on the club's committee, including that of chairman, a post he held when Diss Town won the FA Vase by beating Taunton Town in 1994.

After the service, friends and family gathered at Diss Football Club to share their memories and raise a glass to Mr Tebble.

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