THE funeral of David Houghton, of Jubilee Close, Bidford, took place at St Laurence Church on Friday. Mr Houghton had died on 18th February from chronic kidney failure, at the tragically early age of 50.
David Robert Houghton was born on 26th September 1962, the youngest child of Tony and Ellen Houghton of Salford Priors. He is survived by his brother, John, and sister, Linda.
He attended Bidford High School, shining in practical subjects such as metalwork, which led to a professional life in motorcycle building and mechanics. Leaving school, he worked for Stratford motorcycle builders, Knotts, in both capacities.
The other love of his life was Jill Moore of Salford Priors, and they were married at Alcester Register Office on 17th November 1986. Jill came from a closely-knit family of four girls and one boy, who also attended Bidford High School, and after she and David were married, they settled in Bidford, playing a significant part in Bidford life. David was a great enthusiast for the Bidford carnivals in the 1980s, and well remembered for winning the annual pram race around the village, with a motorbike “baby” in his pram. He was also keen on large steam engines, fishing and playing pool, all of which kept him out of mischief while his wife Jill served as a special constable in Bidford, keeping the population safe and ensuring the maintenance of good order in the village on special occasions.
David and Jill had two children, Ben and Lloyd, who now work with their mother in the family gardening and landscaping business.
As David’s illness intensified, he lost his hearing, and his family learned to communicate with him in sign language. At all times, and especially at the later stages, the brothers and sisters in this closely-knit family were immensely supportive of David and Jill, and rallied round strongly when David’s life came to its end.
The funeral service took place in a packed church and was conducted by the Rev Sue Henwood, with a eulogy given by David’s brother, John. A reception took place in the church rooms immediately after the service and committal at Salford Road cemetery.
Donations in memory of David Houghton may be made to Kidney Research UK, through Messrs. David Baker, 98 High Street, Bidford.
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