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Posted By: GUEST,colin smith
04-Jun-14 - 11:01 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Archie Tawney (brother of Cyril) 27 May '14
Subject: RE: Obit: Archie Tawney 2014
I am Archie Tawney's cousin. Three years ago he fell and broke his hip and my wife and I travelled from our home in Hampshire to Ashton-u-lyne and stayed for a period of five weeks during which time we got him re-housed in sheltered accommodation in Ashton House in Hyde. At Archie's request we took over his affairs and "watched" over him, visiting regularly, some 2 or 3 times annually. On 24th May this year he told me he wasn't well and I got the emergency doctor to visit who got him admitted to Tameside Hospital(not exactly kicking and screaming, but under protest) We travelled up on 27th having been told that his condition had worsened. Shortly after we got to the hospital he passed away, painlessly and in a warm and safe place. My wife and I then had to carry out all arrangements and clear his flat. There was no funeral because he had made arrangements to bequeath his body to Manchester University for teaching purposes. This was done. There will be a cremation ceremony some time next year. I told the Pathologist about Archies liking for Rum, and he said he might not have to embalm him in that case, and that he would advise the Crematorium to "light the blue touchpaper and retire" It is nice to see all the comments posted about him on this site. We have the fondest memories of him as it seems a lot of other people have. Should anyone want further details I can be contacted on 01329662875 or Archie's favourite charity was the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Should anyone wish to make a donation to them I'm sure Archie will smile on them from wherever he has gone to.