Gilbert James Fitchett


Faith, Arthur & Galliopi would like to thank everyone for the kindness shown to them on the sudden death of Jim, and for everyone's generosity following his funeral. 

He would have been very touched to think people held him in such high regard. In his memory a considerable donation has been made to All Saints Churchyard Fund and the balance of the collection has been donated to the RNLI.

Jim was a great believer in getting involved in the local community and loved Cuddesdon particularly.  He served on Cuddesdon & Denton Parish Council for 30 years or so, where he took his duties very seriously as chairman. He also became a member of the executive of the Oxfordshire Association of Local Councils.  He was additionally on the Village Hall Committee for 20 years, being chairman for 9 years, where he introduced the Strawberry Fayre.

He was a crack rifle shot, being a founder member of the Chiltern Rifle Club, shooting for the county, and he was also county secretary of Oxfordshire.  He proudly coached the Cuddesdon village Tug-of-War team, finally beating the College team who had reigned victorious for some years.

When William was taken ill with multiple sclerosis he became chairman of Ritchie Russel House at the Churchill Hospital, raising funds for respite care.

Upon the sale of the family business, he was appointed as the first Civilian Area Vehicle Examiner for Thames Valley Police, a job he took much pride and pleasure in for 30 years.

He enjoyed sailing when he had the time, his garden, dogs and motor racing.

He was a worker, a loving husband, a dedicated family man with a sense of humour, a doting gtrandfather to his two grand daughters, a proud wearer of his deerstalker hat and a driver of his pride and joy E type Jaguar.