Sad news from Hathern

Discussion in 'Obituaries - Unregistered visitors can post here' started by Di, Jul 22, 2006.

  1. Di

    Di Active Member

    It is with great sadness that Hathern Band announces the sudden death of Bill Baxter, one of its longest serving players. He was a well respected and much loved member of the Band and will be sorely missed by everyone but particularly within the Youth Section where he had helped so many youngsters to start playing.

    Bill's funeral is taking place at 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday 01 August 2006 at Loughborough Crematorium. Family flowers only - donations to Rainbows

    Our thoughts are with his wife and family at this sad time.
  2. Di

    Di Active Member

    A tribute to John "Bill" Baxter

    This morning the funeral of Bill Baxter took place at the Loughborough Crematorium. Bill (born in 1931) was a keen and talented footballer. He was also a keen walker/gardener and loved to potter around outdoors, taking in the birds and the wildlife. But Bills greatest passion was his music. He started playing at the age of 15 and for many many years played with the Hathern Band. He also played for Ratby band, but his last few years were spent playing with the Hathern B Band. As well as his music, Bill loved children and was always to be found at the training band rehearsals and concerts helping, teaching and guiding the youngters through their parts. So proud was Bill of his band and his music that a special request was made that he be allowed to be buried in his band waistecoat! Bill will be sadly missed by a huge number of people.

    When Dave asked the band for a showing of hands as to who would be available for the funeral, he didn't get the hoped for "ensemble" to turn out for the funeral. What he got was a 27 + 2 percussion strong band. This included a retiree, and 2 ex members coming from as far afield as Oxford and London.

    Most of the adult members of the B band and a few of the older children also came to the funeral, and there was a huge gathering from Hathern community, including more retired members of the bands. The small crematorium was full to capacity with more people standing than there were seated!

    The band played outside and played Shepherds Song, Memory and Hine e Hine. We then moved into the foyer area, flanked the passageway and played The Irish Blessing as the funeral party passed through. The service, although very brief, was very touching and included hymns How Great Thou Art and Abide with me. The band moved again, outside and closed the procedings with Goff Richards Hymns of Praise.

    I would like to think that if Bill were watching down on us, he'd be proud to see all those who came to pay their respects and say good bye, and would hope that we gave him the grand send off he deserved.

    Rest in Peace Bill, Hathern will remember you.
  3. BrotherBone

    BrotherBone Member

    A great showing for sure. Wonderful to see so many celebrating a Bandmans life and achievements. My thoughts go to his family and friends, and to the banding community who knew Bill. Times like these, that the true banding spirit shines through when we all pull together.
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