Denton a village in South Norfolk, England

Nigel Seamons - 8th October 1938 - 22nd June 2023

From the Parish News – September 2023.

Nigel and Maureen moved to Denton in 1995 as they decided to prepare for their retirement years having lived a very full lifestyle previously in Bungay. However it was only a very short time before they became involved in the Denton activities and their faces were to become very familiar at Village events.

Nigel was born in Nethergate Street in Bungay and educated at the Primary and Secondary schools, it was there he met Maureen Patrick, his childhood sweetheart and they married in 1958 at the Emmanuel Congregational Church; a devoted romance that was to last 65 years.

On leaving school Nigel took an apprenticeship course as printing maintenance engineer at Clay’s Bungay Printers, and apart from his two years National Service which was served with the army in Shropshire in 1960, he had achieved a lifetime service of 47 years with the company when he retired in 2000.

Maureen and Nigel had four children, Paul, Mark, Penny and Rebecca who were to become the centre of their lives and in spite of Nigel’s many other interests family always came first. This included caravan and camping holidays, sometimes abroad; the highlight included an annual family camp at Waxham. As the family progressed he became a very fond and devoted grandfather to 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Looking back on his life it is quite incredible what he fitted in, with football his lifelong passion, he played himself for “Barsham City” in his young days, coached the junior “Kings Road Rangers”, was Secretary for the Anglian Junior Football League and for a while had a season ticket for Norwich City. He also became Leader of the Bungay Sea Scouts, one of the highlights of which was the annual “Gang Show” which he directed and included Paul and Mark.

Following their move to Denton, old habits die hard and Nigel became stage manager for the annual DVC pantomime; very often constructing props for the different shows. This was always done quietly without expecting recognition. In spite of having a heart attack and needing surgery in 2005, he continued for many years with the Variety Club and he would be seen helping in some way at any village event right until the end of his life. During the last eighteen months he quietly battled with Cancer, until he died at home with his family by his side. His funeral took place at Waveney Crematorium with a large congregation. Moving memories were read by his daughters Penny and Becky.

Our Sympathy and Love go to Maureen and his devoted family as we remember a truly public spirited and loyal member of the community.

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