Tractors will lead funeral procession

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 November 2013

Reg Gale

Reg Gale


A PROCESSION of tractors will lead to the funeral of a well-known farmer in Portbury.

Reg Gale, whose North Somerset family can be traced back to the 1500s, died on October 26 aged 85.

Well known in Portishead and the surrounding area, he worked on farms for most of his life including on land now occupied by Gordano School, which was the first farm in the town to use a tractor.

Reg met his late wife, Joyce, while she worked delivering milk in the area.

At the time he was working for the Withers family on their farm in Caswell Hill, Clapton-in-Gordano, where he and Joyce lived ever since.

They married in 1961 and had three sons, Mark, Wayne and Guy, as well as a daughter called Dawn, all four of which still live in North Somerset.

Dawn said: “Dad could lay hedges, build stone walls, which is a bit of dying breed now. He would regularly get calls from other farmers wanting to ask him questions due to his vast knowledge.

“He was the most contented man I know and never wanted for anything. He was so happy and content in what he did.”

For many years Reg was a member of the National Vintage Tractor & Engine Club and owned four of the farm vehicles himself.

His funeral will be held today (Wed) at St Mary’s Church in Portbury. A procession will be led by his son Mark, who will drive his father’s tractor with his coffin on a trailer behind, followed by Wayne and many other tractor drivers.

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