Stanley John Fermor 21/5/1930 - 20/8/2007
Dad was born in Crowborough on 21 May 1930 to Alfred Fermor 1891 - 9/4/1968 and Mary Fermor (Taylor) 10/6/1895 -21/8/1993 and was the youngest of their three children. He went to White Hill School then Skinnerís Grammar in Tunbridge Wells on a governors place. Dad did national service in the navy serving in the stores at Portsmouth but did not go to sea. All his working life was spent as local government officer at Uckfield Rural District Council until local government reorganization in 1974 when it changed to Wealden District Council. Many times I went out with him in the Hillman Husky putting up "notice of election", for as long as I can remember he did the "register of electors", the census and was out to nearly every election.
Dad married Mum on April 21 1951 at Forest Fold Baptist Chapel by our late Pastor Stanley Delves. The Hymns were "O that the Lord would guide my ways" (tune Celestial) and "Great God of order, truth and grace" (tune Belmont). They reared 10 children of which I am the eldest.
Philip, Paul, Stephen, Simon, James, Lois, Marcus, Rebecca, Deborah and Timothy.
Until he was married he lived in Church Road and on marrying Mum moved to Nevill Road then to Pilmer Road in I think 1957, and named our house after the tune he had at his wedding.
Dad used to cut the hair of all us boys and a lot of his fellow workers, taught countless people to drive, ran people all over the place, chairman of N.A.L.G.O. treasurer of Crowborough C.A.B. , was agent for the "Leek and Moorland Building Society" a keen stamp collector, was always there when he was needed and a wonderful dad.
Although he had trouble with modern things like mobile phones, computers, digital clocks, digital watches and calculators he was a fount of knowledge on the locality and able to advise on many things.
Our home was an "open home", everyone was welcome any time, Sunday tea was for anyone who we brought home and anyone who turned up, and countless are the people who stayed with us. A regular worshiper at Forest Fold, he served the Lord for many years in the Sunday School and was for well over 60 years senior organist, which he did with skill and great feeling, something that was appreciated by many.
Mum and Dad and all our family were deeply saddened by the sudden death of our late brother Stephen on 20/01/2001.
Psalm 127 tells of the man being happy with lots of children, Dad was. Dad will be sorely missed by many.
I have received many messages of love from miles around and even one from Australia from those who thought so much of Dad.
A large no of friends and relations from far and near joined us for Dad's funeral at Forest Fold Chapel on the 31st of August 2007. He was carried and buried by by his six surviving sons.
Below are a few photos of Dad.