Members of the bowling club attended the funeral of former member Fred Bailey, who died aged 96.
At one point, Fred was our oldest bowler – but he gradually gave up the game to spend more time with his wife, Doris.
Doris, who was the love of his life, died last November, aged 88. They had been married 67 years.
The couple had made their home in Congresbury in 1997 to be closer to their daughter Teresa, who lives in Claverham.
Fred moved to Somerset House residential home in 2015. Doris, who suffered from dementia, was in The Elms, Congresbury.
Fred was active in the Congresbury Royal British Legion and the Over 60s Club. At the bowling club, he made coffee for the green-keeping team.
Fred was brought up in Southwark, London, but his family moved to Essex after their home was bombed during World War II. After Fred was called up, he served in the 8th Army in North Africa and Italy. He sang on the Forces’ radio with an Italian band and recorded records. One was played at his funeral in St Andrew’s Church on January 24.
After he was demobbed, Fred sang in a local band at weddings. Once he and Doris recorded a song together.
Teresa said Fred had the chance to turn professional but, after falling in love with Doris, he wanted a quiet, family life.
He worked as an advertising executive for a company which became Saatchi & Saatchi.
Fred and Doris had five children – Paul, who lives in Chippenham, Sue who is in Lincolnshire and Mike in Cardiff. Another daughter, Lynda, died in 1990 after a fall from a fire escape in New York where she was director of an art gallery.
They had four grand-daughters.
Teresa said: “Dad was lovely. Very kind and loving. He was very much a family man. He was not at all materialistic and would much rather spend his money on enjoying himself and having a good time. When the five of us were growing up, they never had much money to spare. So once we were older and off their hands they started going on more holidays and catching up on the good things. They did trips on Concorde and the QE2.”