Chirk farmworker’s final ‘journey’ on tractor


By Robert Doman

THE funeral of a loyal Chirk farm worker who died last month will forever live in the memory of those who knew him after he was carried to his funeral service on a tractor and trailer.

Eric Evans, who passed away at the age of 73, worked at Chirk’s Halton Farm for more than 30 years and it was his wish to take his final journey on a trailer being pulled by a red Massey Ferguson tractor.

The great-grandfather was buried at Chirk Cemetery last Tuesday (November 27) having been the husband of the late Dianne Evans.

He leaves behind a daughter, Bethan, son-in-law, Pete, grandchildren, Jane and Sally, and great-granddaughter, Emilie.

Margaret Evans, who owns Halton Farm along with her husband, John, said: “He was a caring, loving neighbour and friend to all who knew him.

“He worked as a tractor driver on the farm and he milked the cows in the old cow shed before there was a parlour.

“He could do everything and also drove the combine and baled straw. He would always find work to do,” she added.

The Halton Farm owners provided the tractor for the funeral, the service for which was held at Chirk Methodist Church.

A trailer for the funeral was provided by the Gaskin family of Pen-y-Parc Farm where he had also worked upon leaving school before he entered the building trade prior to life at Halton.

Ill health had forced his early retirement and his bearers at the funeral were John and Richard Evans of Halton Farm and David and Richard Gaskin.

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