A CROWTHORNE businessman who had lived and worked in the village his entire life has died at the age of 80.
David Lightfoot, who ran the Lightfoot Garage, in Bracknell Road until October 2015, passed away suddenly on Monday, March 13.
David was born on January 11, 1937, in the house he grew up in, Hazeldene, in Bracknell Road. He grew up in the house with his parents and sister Heather, and attended Crowthorne C of R School before going to boarding school at King Alfred’s, in Wantage.
He became the proprietor of Lightfoot’s Garage, the family business, in 1958 and continued to work there until it was taken over by John Nike in 1991. David then became manager of the garage until his retirement, aged 78, in October 2015.
David married his wife Janet (née Hunt) in September 1962, and the couple moved back into Hazeldene where they had two children, Graham in 1964, and Lesley in 1967. He went on to have four grandchildren Antony, Catherine, Thomas and Dominic.
Granddaughter Catherine said: “He enjoyed his few years of retirement in Hazeldene and only recently moved (Friday 10th March) out of that house. The house itself has been in the family for almost 100 years.”
David leaves behind his wife Janet, their two children and four grandchildren.
His funeral will be held at 11.45am on Tuesday, April 4 with a church service at St. John’s in Crowthorne, where David was a choir boy, followed by a private committal at the crematorium for family only.
A wake will be held at Easthampstead Park Conference Centre.