Memories of loving couple from Greetham

Greetham man Harry Weston, with wife Margaret, with the medals he received 70 years after fighting in the Second World War. EMN-150403-111040001
Greetham man Harry Weston, with wife Margaret, with the medals he received 70 years after fighting in the Second World War. EMN-150403-111040001

Village residents have paid fond tributes to a loving husband and wife who died just days apart.

Greetham couple Harry and Margaret Weston appeared on the page 11 of last week’s Stamford Mercury after Harry, a former Army caterer, received his Second World War medals 70 years after the conflict ended.

Tragically Margaret, 86, died suddenly on Wednesday, and Harry, 95, died four days later on Sunday.

People paid tribute to two of Greetham’s oldest residents on social media.

Claire Weston-Smith said: “Never forgotten, you gave us so much to remember! Always in our thoughts and hearts. RIP both.”

Sean Halliday said: “RIP Harry and Margaret. Greetham is a sadder place without their warmth and presence.”

Carol Freeman wrote: “Such an amazing couple. Always bright and cheerful. They will be greatly missed by all the people whose lives they touched.”

And Sally Anne Walton added: “They were so friendly when we moved to the village, and I used to wave on sunny days when she used to sit in her porch. Will be sadly missed.”

Harry’s story was discovered by village historians David and Paul Bland.

Paul contacted the Mercury with the news that Harry had received his medals, and this week wrote the story of the Westons’ life in Greetham.

Harry served in the Army Catering Corps during the Second World War before returning to his home village to marry Margaret in 1947. They made their first marital home in Sunnyside Cottage, over the road from Greetham’s bakery, which was the Weston family business.

Margaret was the eldest child of five, and she worked as a nurse at Stamford Hospital until her marriage.

Harry ran the bakery with pride, always enjoying the smell of fresh bread despite the early mornings.

In the 1950s Harry would allow the village children to make and bake their own little loaves in the bakery oven, and would often make time for a game of rounders in the bakery yard.

Harry was also an excellent footballer and was offered a trial with Leicester City, but decided to concentrate on the bakery.

They leave their son John, two grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Their funeral will be at Marholm Crematorium on March 19.