Tributes have been paid to a popular villager and a co-founder of the Battle of Stamford Bridge Heritage Society who has died this week.
Tom Wyles, who lived in Stamford Bridge for more than 30 years, died in hospital last Monday at the age of 63 after suffering a heart attack. Tom was married to Theresa and had three children, Laura, Hannah and Tom,
As well as the Battle of Stamford Bridge Heritage Society, he was one of the founders of the Stamford Bridge in Bloom group and was once a parish councillor in the village.
Theresa said: “He was an enthusiastic, dependable and caring parson. He was very active. He was a philanthropist, he cared about people in the village.
“We have been inundated with cards. People have said how he made a difference in their lives.” Chris Rock, who co-founded the Battle of Stamford Bridge Heritage Society in 2012 with Tom, said: “Over the 30 years he resided in Stamford Bridge Tom had been socially active, unsurprisingly he was involved in many clubs and societies, and had even been a parish councillor for a while. Among the ones that he was recently involved in were the Hub, the Art Club, the In Bloom group, the local quiz league, the sports and walking clubs. He was also a very active member of the York based ‘Volsung Vikings’ living history group, they will all miss his energy and enthusiasm.
“Personally, I have lost my co-founder, a warm and funny conversationalist, and a visionary who only ever wanted to improve the community he lived in.
“It is a cruel irony that the one year Tom was most excited about was 2016, the 950th anniversary of the historic 1066 events. We will all miss him enormously.”
Bryan Lawson, a member of Stamford Bridge in Bloom, added: “It is very sad indeed. He was probably one of the most well known and hard-working people in the village.”
Tom’s funeral will be held at East Riding Crematorium at Octon next Friday (19 February). For more details call Theresa on 01759 371638.
See next week’s Pocklington Post (18 February) for the full story.