Fred and Daisy

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Frederick George Hill was born on the 16 January 1920 in Taunton, Somerset the first child of George Frederick Hill and Beatrice Kate Hill who were cousins. He grew up in Taunton and left school to work in Chapman's Department Store.

Daisy May Neal was born on the 2 February 1923 in Wythall, near Birmingham, the third child and only daughter of Arthur Frederick Neal and Lilian Roberts. Daisy's father was a builder and the family moved numerous times within the Midlands and then to Somerset where Daisy met Fred when she started working in Chapman's.

Fred fought in World War II, getting captured in 1941 and remaining a prisoner until the end of the war. Fred and Daisy married on 5 July 1948 at St James Church, Teignmouth, Devon, and honeymooned in Polperro, Cornwall. They initially lived with Fred's mother and sister before moving to Southbourne where their first child, Kevin was born in 1954. Daughter Helen followed in 1956 when they were living with Daisy's parents. They bought a bungalow in New Milton in 1958, and their final child, Liz was born there in 1959.

Fred had obtained work with Wellworthy Engineering in Lymington in 1951 and he was to remain there until he was forced to take early retirement in 1980. Fred, Daisy and family moved to a new house in New Milton in 1968. Their first grandchild, Michael was born in 1978, followed by Melanie in 1983, Lynette in 1985, Hannah in 1986 and Amy in 1989.

Daisy died suddenly on 3 May 2006 and was cremated on 15 May following a service of thanksgiving at Ashley Baptist Church where she was a regular worshipper.

Fred continued living by himself, with help from daughters Helen and Liz and eventually carers, but his health continued to deteriorate and he died on 10 March 2012 shortly after his 92nd birthday. He was cremated on 22 March at Bournemouth Crematorium following a service of thanksgiving at Ashley Baptist Church.

Since April 1968, 37 Kenilworth Close had been the centre of family life. Long after Kevin, Helen and Liz left to start their own families it has been the place for parents, children and grandchildren to meet up. The sale of the property brings to an end the final chapter in the lives of Fred and Daisy.

Fred and Daisy in front of their new blinds     Fred and Daisy relax after clubbing

Daisy and Fred stand proudly in front of their new blinds.          Fred and Daisy relax after a hectic night clubbing.

Daisy drunk on the floor     Daisy's lost her marbles

It happens every Christmas. Daisy can't keep off the brandy!       Daisy wonders where her marbles have gone.

Although Fred and Daisy are no longer with us, lives on, celebrating their lives and remembering them for future generations.

The following pages contain details of Fred and Daisy's lives, and information on their relatives and ancestors.

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