Tony Abbott R.I.
The chapel at Northampton Crematorium
was packed to overflowing with the family, friends, former police
colleagues and villagers who had come to pay their respects to Tony
Abbott a retired police officer who had lived in our village with his
wife Janet since 1999. A Northamptonshire Police helmet was proudly
laid on Tony’s coffin that had been covered with a police shroud.
The simple but very
impressive Humanist funeral service was led by Steve Church. In a
memorable eulogy Steve outlined Tony’s life of service to his
Abbott was born in Northampton during 1934. He attended Far Cotton
Infants School and there befriended Norman Cooper who became a
life-long friend. Norman attended the funeral service. Tony grew up
during the war years when family holidays were a rarity. After leaving
Secondary School he attended Northampton Technical College and had a
number of jobs before embarking on the life-changing experience of
National Service where he joined the Grenadier Guards. Wearing his
splendid uniform that included a big bearskin, he spent time guarding
the crown jewels at The Tower of London and also at Buckingham palace.
Tony loved that part of his life and felt that it gave him discipline,
a sense of order, and the direction that he needed.
It was no surprise
that in 1954 that Tony joined Northampton Borough Police Force and in
no time was walking his favourtite beat – Northampton Town Centre.
His role, he felt especially after he was promoted to sergeant, was a
simple one – to help and protect the people of Northampton.
Tony was nicknamed “Bud,”
and became the perfect role model for aspiring young police cadets. Bud
Abbott was the policeman’s policeman!
A momentous turning
point in Tony’s life took place when his friend Norman Cooper
obtained four tickets for the Bertram Mills Circus on Northampton
Racecourse. They invited two girls to join them who worked in
Knight’s the Jewellers just off the Market Square. One of the girls
was named Janet Austin and in March 1960 Tony and Janet married at
Tony became the
proudest Dad in the world when his daughters Carol and Linda were born
and cherished family life especially sea-side holidays where he
indulged in his life-long passion for swimming.
In 1984 aged 50, Tony
retired from the police service and undertook a number of jobs -
none of which particularly suited him until he became a driver for Age
UK ferrying elderly clients from their homes. In 1999 Tony retired
for good and he and Janet settled in Abthorpe. In our village he spent
much time helping people – especially the elderly.
interest was swimming. He became Secretary and latterly Chairman of
Northamptonshire Life saving Society and performed judging duties and
presented awards at school life saving competitions. Tony always loved
dogs – hence his support for the Dogs’ Trust.
Steve Church who
delivered the eulogy concluded : - “So ended the life of a truly
wonderful man – one of life’s enhancers. A man who was
hard-working and principled. A man with a terrific sense of humour and
capacity for warmth. A man with a passionate love for nature. But Tony
was a man who, above all things, cherished the company, the affection
and the love of his family and his friends.”