Choir members attended the funeral of Douglas Bell today, a man who has a long association with the choir. Douglas, a great friend of Alec Pine’s going back to school days was born and brought up in Brixham. The saying ‘you can take a man out of Brixham but you can’t Brixham out of the man’ couldn’t be truer. He was introduced to flying in the ATS at Torquay Boys Grammar School and from there, joined the RAF, serving in Lancaster Bombers during WWII. After the war, he joined the Customs and Excise Service and later became a VAT Inspector until his retirement. He met his first wife Ena, getting married in 1949 until her death in 2000. They enjoying a family of three sons and one daughter and he was very proud of his grandchildren. He was later to meet Joan who was a close companion for nearly twenty years.
Douglas had a strong choir connection, setting up the Friends group for the Orpheus and later was to become the President of the Riviera Singers Ladies Choir. He was a gentleman who supported, encouraged and helped others and never dreamt of being in the limelight. His service this morning saw a good congregation in attendance with a number of choir members present. Ron Burrington played the electronic keyboard during the service helped by our former Accompanist and Life member, Daphne Murphy. The choir can be proud of its presence today – Friday 1st March 2019.