Mervyn York Obituary


Mervyn York

Mervyn York 1929 – 2018

Mervyn was the ninth child (of ten) and youngest son of Reuben and Maud Mary York, born on 12th July 1929, at New Barn Farm, Tunstead. He attended the village Primary School.

He did his National Service in Greece with the Bedford & Herts Regiment, missing signing up with the Norfolk Regiment due to a bout of mumps!

His working life was spent with the Eastern Electricity Board – even doing his bit after the 1987 hurricane in Sussex.

Mervyn with one of his china horses

He married Peggy in 1953, and they started life together in Neatishead, but after their daughters were born, moved back, in 1958, to Tunstead at no. 2 Forge Estate. Moving to Granary Way when the bungalows were built in 1972.

A model Tumbrel

He had lots of interests, mostly around animals and always had a pet dog, and was very good at making carts and harness for china horses – picking up a Bronze medal at a London Model Exhibition. He was also a member of NICE (Norfolk Internal Combustion Engine) Soc. And together with several village people started the NICE Rallies which Tunstead hosted for over 10 years, before it became the Tunstead Trosh. He also owned an old Morris car which he enjoyed showing and collecting number plates.

Mervyn York Tunstead Village Fete – 2014

After Peggy passed away in 2004, he kept himself busy making garden furniture and picnic tables. In 2007 he did a sponsored walk – Men returning from WW1 were given a smallholding of 50 acres –and Mervyn walked around all the fields with his 2 faithful Labradors and adjudicators.

Mervyn makes a dry comment……

The money raised purchased new altar curtains for the church, and a chicken coup and run for the school – after that effort he was invited to join their Christmas Party each year which he greatly enjoyed.

Mervyn lived a full life, enjoyed all things Tunstead with a dry humour and the same stubborn streak which all his family had for a spine! Sadly he passed away 18th February 2018.

Follow this link to read more about Mervyn’s horse and cart models. –>

written by Wendy Atkins; his niece


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1 Response to Mervyn York Obituary

  1. Mrs Ros Keen says:

    We used to stop and speak to Mr York as I walked my 2 children Harry & Emily to and from Tunstead Primary School. He was always pleased to see the children and would have a little yarn to tell them. As they grew up he would sometimes let them stroke his dogs.
    They remember him going into the school and presenting the money he had raised from his sponsored walk and the chicken run which he came and opened when it had been built. He also used to show his Morris car at the school fete, which runs every year to raise funds for the Friends Of Tunstead school, and used to let the children sit in it, which they thought was very exciting. One year the school was collecting empty drink cans to raise funds and he collected lots of bin bags full of empty cans from an event at The Goat PH in Skeyton and dropped them off so my son could take them in, which really boosted their funds. How kind was that?
    As we have only lived in Tunstead 11 years the thing we will remember him most for is his lovely home grown tomatoes which he used to sell at the front of his bungalow. Apart from enjoying them fresh I used to make gallons of soup from them. I would always send him some via the children and he in turn would leave the empty container on our doorstep – which I took as a Mr York compliment! Often still when we eat tomatoes we say ‘these are not as nice as Mr York’s!’
    We have very fond memories him and he was a big part of my children’s childhood memories.
    RIP Mr York.

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