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Maurice Mackrory, February 7, 1934 - September 28, 2015

MAURICE Richard Mackrory, a former timber merchant who ran Mackrory & Sons in Nettlebed, has died,

MAURICE Richard Mackrory, a former timber merchant who ran Mackrory & Sons in Nettlebed, has died, aged 81. 

He was the eldest son of Harry and Edith and sibling of Ron, Barbara and Roger.

He attended school in Henley where he was also a choirboy.

Maurice began his career as a chef in the RAF and cut hair part-time. He would come back from service to six men waiting for a haircut after nine days of cooking.

He took over the family wood business when his father retired.

Maurice met the love of his life at school, where he was a prefect and Shirley was always in trouble.

They were married on November 12, 1955 and lived at Stonor before building a bungalow in Elizabeth Close, which still stands today.

The couple had four children, Stephen, Graham, Alan and Alison, 13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

The family wood businesss was started in 1946 by Maurice’s father Harry, who, equipped with a cross-cut saw, axe and length of rope, supplied a small amount of firewood around Henley.

After a few years, due to Harry’s ill health, Maurice took over and expanded the business with an old lorry and a tractor.

The business grew to be the largest around Henley — and in those days there was a lot of competition.

In the early Seventies, the first big parcel of standing timber was bought. The business now supplied not only firewood but also a steady amount of round timber to local sawmills.

By now Maurice’s sons Stephen and Alan had joined the business and together they brought more and more timber, which needed bigger and heavier machinery. As the business grew, Mackrory & Sons timber merchants was born.  

In the mid-Eighties they took on the tenancy of Nettlebed sawmill, again expanding into new fields. As well as being a big supplier of firewood, the business felled, extracted and supplied round timber to local sawmills. It also supplied sawn timber, fencing panels and fencing stakes to local farmers, builders and the public. 

In recent years the company expanded still further and now specialises in machines for forestry, firewood and kindling processing machines to speed up and increase output and new machinery for timber and firewood haulage.

The business has also introduced new lines in the sawmill, including the supply of wire fencing, ironmongery, sheds, garden furniture and pre-packed coal.

Maurice’s funeral will be held at the Church of St Nicholas, Rotherfield Greys, on Wednesday (October 14) at 2.30pm. This will be followed by refreshments at Badgemore Park Golf Club. Family flowers and donations only.

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