“We are so proud of you. We will miss you forever.”
Maurice passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on 19th October in Leighton Hospital, aged 76 years.
The beloved husband of Ann, loving father of Andrew and Angela. Also a cherished grandad and great grandad. Maurice will be sadly missed but lovingly remembered by everyone who knew him.
Born on Friday 1st January 1943 to proud parents Ernest and Edna in Crewe, although the family had recently moved to Birmingham his parents wanted their first born to be born in Crewe. Maurice lived and went to school in Birmingham and further education was at Handsworth Technical College where he studied technical drawing.
The family, which now included his sister, the late Maureen and brother Melvin moved back to Cheshire in 1960 and Maurice started work with an architect in Crewe. However this career didn’t last long and he soon followed his dad and joined British Rail where he was to work for over 30 years.
Maurice was a big fan of sport, particularly football, to anyone he met he was a Birmingham City fan but over time he became a big follower of Crewe Alexandra.
Maurice met and courted Ann Williams and they were to marry in 1964. Early family life was spent in the west end of Crewe where Ann’s large family were located. When Maurice and Ann’s children came along they moved to the village of Willaston, where Maurice’s parents were now living.
In the late 70’s Maurice was working in a part of Rail House in Crewe known as the Computer Bureau, here he worked with a number of colleagues who were interested in football but had no club to play for. Maurice was one of the founder members of Computer Football Club, for over 20 years he ran the club as manager and club secretary with the team starting out in the Cheshire and Border Counties league but for most of the time playing in the Crewe and Nantwich Regional league. Maurice became a member of both the Regional league and Crewe and Nantwich F.A. committees.
In 1976 he began to take a keen interest in politics and was elected to the Willaston Parish Council. He remained a member of the Parish Council until 2019 and was Chairman in 1980, 1986, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 2011 to 2018. He became a member of Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council and remained a member for several years, three times serving as Deputy Mayor. Maurice was very proud to being elected Mayor of Crewe and Nantwich and was the last full-term Borough Mayor during 2007-2008.
During his time on the council, Maurice and Ann both became members and a driving force of CANTA (Crewe and Nantwich Twinning Association. Maurice made many dear friends in France, Germany and Poland and he and Ann have hosted many visits.
Maurice’s passion for the local community and football was only surpassed by his pride and love for his family. Angela and husband Tim live close by in Willaston and their two children Matthew and Grace payed regular visits to grandad. Andrew and his wife Wendy also gave two more grandchildren to Maurice and Ann, Kim and Scott. And just before Maurice passed away Kim and her husband Mark gave Maurice and Ann their first great grandchild, Ted.
Maurice will be remembered as a family man, happily married to Ann for 55 years, he continually showed selfless devotion to his community and took great pride in being from the village of Willaston and the town of Crewe.
Maurice’s funeral will take place on Friday 1st November in the Crematorium Chapel, Crewe at 1.20pm, followed by cremation.
Donations in memory of Maurice will be gratefully received on behalf of Help For Heroes and Wishing Well.
For any further information please contact our funeral home on 01270 584447.