David Morgan 1958 to 2014

David Morgan 1958 to 2014

Written by the Morgan family and delivered as "Reflections of David" at his funeral service by Graham Rose

 

See David Morgan Order of Service

 

David was born in 1958 in Beggars Lane, Longworth – the forth child of Selwyn and Margaret Morgan. Colin, Susan and Yvonne preceded David and Nigel, Richard, Gillian and Derek were born after. In 1961 the family moved to Buckland, buying a smallholding, and it is here the family’s farming life began.

 

After their school days at Buckland Primary School and then Tollington School in Faringdon, the boys spent their early working lives on the Buckland Estate and surrounding farms as contractors, gaining a wealth of experience – in the hopes that, one day, the family would own their own farm.

 

After a hard day’s work David would go to Buckland Social Club and it was here he met Jane and straight away he knew she was the one with whom he wanted to spend the rest of his life.

David was just 17 when he and Jane married in 1975 here in Buckland Church, and the local community was quite shocked. There were whispers at the time the marriage would never last. How wrong they were as 39 years later they were still soulmates!

 

In 1981 Leigh was born followed two years later by Chris and, in 1994, Natalie – a long awaited daughter. The family was now complete. David and Jane were very proud parents.

 

The dream of owning a farm came true in 1984 when Selwyn, Margaret and the family bought Field Farm in Appleton. Their joy was sadly short-lived, as Selwyn died that same year.

 

Margaret and her sons took on the running of Field Farm and accomplished many things. Unfortunately Margaret passed away in the year 2000 and David and his brothers were left to run the business which their parents had strived so hard to buy.

 

It was when they moved to Field Farm I got to know David and the family. I have lived in Appleton since 1964 when my parents moved to the village. As a young sports fan – cricket is my passion – I was involved with the Appleton Sportsfield from the moment it was purchased in 1965 and ended up becoming chairman, secretary and groundsman!

 

The Appleton Sportsfield is adjacent to Field Farm, and there were several times when I got machinery stuck and sought the help of farm equipment to pull me out of my mess! The Morgan family – and David in particular – were terrific. Nothing was too much trouble. When we held BBQs at the Sportsfield the family was always most kind in providing the excellent meat and sausages!

Difficult to get to know to start with, David became a good friend and Judith and I were delighted so many of the Morgan families could join us at the party following our daughter Ali’s marriage to Paul in 2010 – a party held in a marquee at the Sportsfield.

 

David loved the simple things in life: a good fry up on a Saturday morning, picnics down the field during harvest time - usually ended up being fish and chips which the girls would be sent off to get! The lads working the combines and balers were only allowed to stop for a maximum of 15 minutes – no longer – and it was always David and Nigel who were the first in the queue!

 

David never really yearned for holidays as he loved life at home. But on the odd occasion the family would go down to Bournemouth, he would sit under an umbrella all day long with his legs exposed to the sun and inevitably he would end up with sun burn!

 

David was an extremely ambitious man and took very seriously the responsibility of all the families’ well-being. He took this responsibility onto his own shoulders and fought long and hard to make a better life for everyone.

 

Very much a family man, he loved children and usually on a Sunday the five grandchildren would come round to his house for Sunday lunch. As you can imagine chaos ensued – with Grampy Morgan always the centre of attention!

 

In 2006 David was diagnosed with cancer, and this coincided with other challenges in his life and marked the start of two long hard battles trying to conquer this awful disease.

 

Over eight long years David fought his battle with courage, dignity and great determination but sadly he could fight no more. The end happened quite suddenly.

 

David lived in Appleton for 30 years but Buckland always had a special place in his heart. It is here where his Mother and Father are buried: it is here where he and Jane were married and it is here where Leigh and Chris were married and had their children, his grand children, christened.

 

Although he lost his battle with cancer one thing is for sure: he was very proud of his family who will, I am sure, continue to strive for better things – although, of course, life for them will never be the same without him.

 

Our thoughts today are very much with Jane, Leigh, Chris, Natalie, his brothers and sisters and their families.