Life of Wymondham stalwart and man of ‘limitless patience’ Horace Wilkinson celebrated at funeral

The funeral of Horace Wilkinson at Fairland United Reformed Church in Wymondham.

The funeral of Horace Wilkinson at Fairland United Reformed Church in Wymondham. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Final tributes have been paid to a dedicated volunteer with 'limitless patience' who was at the centre of the Wymondham community.

The funeral of Horace Wilkinson at Fairland United Reformed Church in Wymondham.

The funeral of Horace Wilkinson at Fairland United Reformed Church in Wymondham. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Dozens gathered at the Fairland United Reformed Church yesterday to celebrate the life of Horace Wilkinson, who died aged 92 on December 15.

The former senior probation officer, who had three sons and seven grandchildren, was a founding member of the Mid Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust and masterminded the purchase of the Bridewell for Wymondham Heritage Museum.

At yesterday's funeral, a poem written by the great-grandfather-of-eight, who became vice-president of Wymondham Heritage Society, the day before he died was read aloud.

It started: 'Ninety-two years, it's been a good life. Close-knitted family, no trouble or strife. Duncan and Mark are two of the best, they will be in my mind when they lay me to rest.'

HORACE WILKINSON WITH THE WYMONDHAM CIVIC AWARD

HORACE WILKINSON WITH THE WYMONDHAM CIVIC AWARD

During the service, he was described as a 'man of limitless patience' who 'integrated' himself into the Wymondham community.

Mr Wilkinson, who set up the Wilkinson House homeless shelter, also played a role in bringing the Citizens Advice Bureau to the town and set up the Tiffey Valley Walk and farmers market.

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The keen gardener was married to wife Barbara for 58 years when she died last July. At his funeral, the couple were described as a 'true team'.

In a joint statement given to the EDP last month, his three sons Peter, Mark and Duncan said his 'enthusiasm, determination and strength of character benefited many organisations over the years'.

• If you would like to pay tribute to Mr Wilkinson, email lauren.cope@archant.co.uk