Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Chainsaw salute for timber merchant’s funeral

A TIMBER merchant was given a chainsaw salute as more than 100 people attended his funeral.

A TIMBER merchant was given a chainsaw salute as more than 100 people attended his funeral.

Maurice Mackrory, who died last month, aged 81, was laid to rest at St Nicholas’s Church in Rotherfield Greys on Wednesday last week.

As the coffin was brought into the church, staff from Mackrory & Sons in Nettlebed held four chainsaws aloft as a tribute.

Mr Mackrory’s grandchildren read aloud the poem

The Fallen Limb
. Mr Mackrory, who lived in Elizabeth Close, Henley, worked as a chef in the RAF and cut hair part-time before taking over the family timber business when his father retired.

He expanded the firm, which grew to be the largest in the area, supplying firewood and timber to residents and local sawmills.

The company became Mackrory & Sons and in the mid-Eighties took on the tenancy of Nettlebed sawmill. Mr Mackrory and his wife Shirley, who met at school, were married in 1955 and lived in Stonor before building a bungalow in Elizabeth Close.

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

Rev Brendan Bailey, who presided over the service, said: “Maurice was a local boy and apart from a brief spell in the RAF he never moved from here. He had the area in his heart. Work was the centre of everything and there was never a moment he wouldn’t prefer to do something with a chainsaw and a block of wood.

“In God’s kingdom there are many rooms but Jesus didn’t say anything about sawmills so we can only assume Maurice is going to start up a new business.”

Mr Mackrory was buried in the churchyard before mourners were invited for refreshments at Badgemore Park Golf Club.

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