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| Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:48 pm Post subject:
|Very wise words. Unfortunatley Mr Boocock was to pass from this world on Feb 26th 1965. The paper had this to say about him:
Death Of An Ossett Character: Mr Boocock.
One of Ossett's best known residents, Mr Joe Boocock, of 4 Blue Butts, died in Beech Towers Hospital last friday aged 86. A widower living alone, he had occupied his cottage at Blue Butts for the last 62 years, and had consistently refused Ossett Corporation's offer of a modern bungalow despite the lack of amenities in his old home, which they wanted to demolish.
The Corporation had respected his wishes, and for some years he had "managed" for himself despite the handicap of a bad leg. But his health had deteriorated so that he had to be taken to hospital. He died three weeks later of pneumonia.
Born in Happy Land, Station Road, Ossett, Mr Boocock was in his early life prominently associated with South Ossett Church, where he sang in the choir. Gifted with a sense of humour and command of the local dialect, in addition to his vocal talents, he was for some years in demand as an amateur entertainer.
He was the oldest member of Ossett Town AFC which he had supported from its earliest days. He attended matches regularly, and sold tickets for the club, even when he was no longer able to get about.
He was for a number of years a rag merchant, and in later days ran a coal business and was a firewood dealer. He leaves no family.
Cremation on tuesday was preceded by a service at South Ossett Church, conducted by Rev. H R Haworth. In addition to relatives, those present included Cr A Robb, chairman of Ossett Old People's Welfare Committee, and Mrs Robb, and Mr B Walton, chairman of Ossett British Legion branch.
A wreath was sent by Ossett Town AFC, who's treasurer, Mr A Furniss writes: "Mr Boocock was Town's oldest active member and supporter. A resolute character who gave invaluable assistance to the club from its earliest days. He will be sadly missed."
As a mark of respect, the Town and Slazenger's teams stood in silence before the start of their friendly match at Ingfield last saturday.