Eulogy for Howard Radford, given by Reverend John
Pulman at Mansfield Crematorium, Friday, March 30th, 2007.
Mr Howard Radford (73) was born in 1934 at Stanton Hill
in a barbershop - the
son of two barbers. Mr Radford, who was educated at
Healdswood School, lived locally all his life. His National Service was spent in
the 10th Hussars tank regiment, based in the Middle East during the Suez crisis.
A hard-working and highly skilled bricklayer, Howard took great pride in his
work. You may not realize it, but when you walk or drive around Nottinghamshire,
you will have passed many brick buildings, gardens, and even a church that Howard had
a hand in building. He spent the final 20 years of his career working at Beaufort’s.
His legacy includes training many young apprentices in the profession to build with the
same painstaking care he took in his own work.
Howard married the love of his life, Elsie May Ball, at Saint Mary's Church in 1958 and
they have been happily married for 49 years. Howard was a loving and attentive husband, father,
and grandfather. He was a loyal and enthusiastic supporter of
Mansfield Town Football Club, and he had a regular season ticket with his son Mark. They spent
many happy days cheering for the Stags through thick and thin.
An adventurous travellor, Howard enjoyed cruising around the Mediterranean and
visiting Majorca with Elsie. He loved to travel to America to visit his granddaughter Meg,
son, Gary, and daughter-in-law Marie in New Jersey. Howard and Elsie came to America
for the first time in 1990 to hold their new granddaughter Meg in their arms when she
was only six weeks old. Howard and Elsie fell in love with New York City, especially
musicals, cruising around the island of Manhattan, and experiencing a New York
Yankees baseball game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
Howard was a fun and loving person who always had a smile on his face. He was known for
teasing and joking with his mates. He heartily enjoyed a good time, loved music and
dancing, and often sang along with his favourite tunes. He spent many happy hours
with his family and many friends at his local pub, the Staff of Life, especially
Friday nights with Seth and Ken. He was a long-time
member of Sutton Labour Club and took pleasure in the friendly but competitive Sunday
lunchtime card games with his dear sister, Joyce, and brother-in-law Arthur. Howard loved to
walk, especially taking Wonsley to visit the swans on a local pond.
Howard had a boyish charm, twinkling bright blue eyes, and a ready smile. He was very
youthful and, until his recent illness, had never been sick. We will all surely miss him
very much, and we are stunned by how suddenly he was taken from us.
Mr Radford, who died 24th March, 2007, at
King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton, leaves his wife of 49 years, Mrs Elsie Radford,
two sons, Gary and Mark, and his granddaughter, Meg. Mourners were Mrs E.
Radford, Mr M. Radford, Mr G. Radford, Mrs M. Radford, Meg Radford, Mr A.
Wilcock, Mrs J. Wilcock, Mr P. Wilcock, Mrs L. Wilcock, Mr M. Dennis, Mr and Mrs
P. Breen, Mr G. Walvin, Mrs D. Walvin, Mr K. Walvin, Mr D. S. Ball; Mr P. M.
Ball (representing H. L. Ball and T. M. Wright), Mrs G. E. Ball, Miss V. Slack;
Mr R. Storey and Mrs L. Haynes (representing Beaufort Construction), Mr J.
Harrison, Mr A. Toon, Mr S. Hallsebrook, Mr J. R. Clarke; Mrs M. Garbett
(representing Mr D. Garbett), Mr and Mrs R. Marshall, Mr and Mrs P. W. Flook, Mr
R. Dunning, Mr and Mrs K. M. Adams, Mr and Mrs E. H. Ball, Mrs T. Taylor, Mr and
Mrs D. Dudley, Mr and Mrs B. Harris, Miss C. Harris, Mr and Mrs J. Marriott, Mr
and Mrs J. and N. Barnard, Mr R. Barnard, Mr P. Archer, Mr W. Rodgers. The
service was conducted by the Rev J. Pulman, and arrangements were by K. Gregory
& Sons Ltd.