Mr Martin Orledge, of Shepton Mallet
The funeral service of Martin Orledge who passed away suddenly at home on July 4, aged 52, was held at St Peter and St Paul's Church, Shepton Mallet, on July 18, followed by cremation at the Mendip Crematorium.
The service was conducted by the Rev Preb Ivor Hughes and the tribute was given by Chris Ware.
Martin was born in Shepton Mallet and spent most of his life there. He was the eldest in the family having a sister and two brothers. He went to Bowlish school, then Whitstone where he was head boy.
After leaving school, he did his apprenticeship at Sheldon Engineers, Wells, qualifying as a mechanical engineer. Later he worked at various garages, Mendip Garage, Oakhill, Abbey Hill, Yeovil and Brian and David Motors, Midsomer Norton with car sales, then started up on his own as a car trader. He was involved in starting up the Heli-pad for Glastonbury Festival, at Winding Lake Farm, Pilton.
Martin was single but the love of his life for many years was Gill, and all the family have happy memories of days at Weymouth with his boat and water skiing.
Family mourners: Diana Orledge (mum); Sally and Dave Norgrove (sister and brother-in-law); Tim and Val (brother and partner); Steven and Diane (brother and sister-in-law); Mr and Mrs W Powell (auntie and uncle); Mrs A Bone (auntie); Mrs E Palmer (cousin) rep Mrs O Allen (auntie); Mr and Mrs B Smith (cousins); Michael and Rita Orledge (uncle and aunt) rep Richard and Nick (cousins); Tom Orledge (nephew); Chris Orledge (nephew); Kim Halsey and Colin Coward (neice and partner); Michelle Halsey and Emlyn Saunders (niece and partner); Graham and Jo Smith (cousins); Gill and Sylvia Butt (special friends).
Other mourners: Mrs Sally Richards; Peggy Spackman; Louise Phillips; Chris and Bella Ware; Ken Ware; Ann Evans rep Graham; Colin and Jean Lockey rep family; Katherine Payne; Gary Westamacott; Pauline Langridge rep Ray; Charles Rossiter rep Odessa Stevens; Vera and Ted Gould rep Hild; Mr and Mrs E Durbin; Olive and Bryan Bailey rep Hazel and Pete, James and Deb; Mrs Joyce Pike; Peter Baker rep Alwyn; Andy and Hilary Neal; Mike Day; Michael Stoodley; Theresa McAlister rep Mildred Sands; Margaret Miles; James and Laura Napper; Robert Napper rep Graham and Gemma; Sylv Cross; Edward King; Jean Foley rep Drew; Alison Hodges rep Tony, Sarah and Lucy; Kevin Marable; Dave Gunning; Henry and Margaret Jefferies rep Mrs Betty Callaghan; Jean Whitcombe; Bill Pendry; Mary and Pat Barry; Susan Tully; Nigel Green rep Brian and Jenny and Mrs and Mrs John Quick, Mrs O Baker and Nelson Butt; Yvonne Sealey; Richard Sealey; Robert and Lorraine Callaghan rep family; George and Christy Callaghan; Dawn Kerswell; Richard Burton; Tracey Walton rep Graham, Jess and Maria; Cilla Gillard rep Mark, David and May Gillard and families; Will and Lin Gould; Kevin Hodges rep Ann; Andrew and Susan Catley; Mrs N Norgrove rep John and Tina; Mrs R Parry rep Les and family; Lloyd Durbin rep Haley Drake; Mrs Betty Ash; Mr and Mrs S Grother; Bernice Halsey; Andy Halsey; Sue Carter rep Stephen Carter; Jean Wood; Mr R Wood; David West; Philip and Jane Tincknell; Kenny Lloyd; Phillip Lloyd; Sandy Diadamo; Ray Stephens; Gordon White rep Monica and family; Peter Waters; Sue Carroll-Rossiter rep Mike; Susie Garner; Colin and Linda Clark.
Funeral arrangements were carried out by W J Trotman Funeral Directors, Shepton Mallet and this obituary was provided by the family.