Freddie Dowton

Freddie Downton, who has died at the age of 92, served as a loyal member and lay reader of his parish church, St Faith's Church at Gaywood, King's Lynn, which is shared by Anglicans and Methodists, for more than 45 years.

Freddie Downton, who has died at the age of 92, served as a loyal member and lay reader of his parish church, St Faith's Church at Gaywood, King's Lynn, which is shared by Anglicans and Methodists, for more than 45 years.

Mr Downton came from a family of clergymen - his father, grandfather, great grandfather, two uncles and two great-uncles had all been in the ministry and he was very knowledgeable about church affairs and procedures.

Rather than following the family tradition and enter the priesthood, Mr Downton went into teaching. After leaving the Army where he rose to the rank of captain in the Royal Army Education Corps, he took up a post as a lecturer at the then technical college in Lynn - now known as the College of West Anglia.

In May 2004 Mr Downton completed 45 years at St Faith's Church as a lay reader, stepping down from the role the following year.


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Being able to devote so much active service to St Faith's, where he carried out a number of different roles, and remain in his favourite county of Norfolk were major factors in his life.

His fund of Norfolk anecdotes and tales was a source of much amusement to many people.

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There will be a funeral service of thanksgiving for Mr Downton's life on Tuesday at 11.15am at St Faith's Church and it is expected that a number of clergy from St Faith's with whom he served will be present.

He is survived by two sons, Chris and Steve, and six grandchildren. His wife May died in 1984.

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