A glass will be raised to bid farewell to a village character who lived his whole life in the house where he was born.

Alec Fossey, of Ampthill.
Alec Fossey, of Ampthill.

Villagers to raise a glass to bid farewell to country character Alec Fossey

Second World War veteran Alec Fossey, of Saunders Piece, Ampthill, was the grand age of 88 when he passed away in hospital on the morning of Sunday, March 8.

He joined the Army aged 18 on D-Day in 1944 and served on the frontline in France and Germany. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge - a surprise attack by the German enemy.

A lifetime batchelor Mr Fossey, well known for his country gentleman attire and being fond of a drink or two, spent his working life as a farm labourer - a job he loved. He also enjoyed cooking, a skill he learnt from his mother.

Former neighbour Paul Roberts said: “He used to like a drink, sometimes he would have too much but he was always OK.

“What he didn’t know about gardening wasn’t worth knowing. All he was interested in was green fly and caterpillars.”

In recent years, following a serious lung operation, Mr Fossey found it hard to get out and about but before ill health struck he used to frequent the Old Sun pub and the Wingfield Club in the village.

He was a fan of traditional countryside pursuits such as shooting and hunting and he kept pheasant in his garden and was the proud owner of a golden pheasant.

Mr Roberts said: “He had arthritis, he had a pace maker fitted but he kept going. He was tough.

“He will be missed by his friends and the people that he had.”

Mr Fossey’s funeral is being held at Bedford Crematorium on Tuesday, March 31 at 4pm, following by a get together in his honour at the Wingfield Club in Church Street, Ampthill.