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Obituary: John Victor Trenchard

Aug 14, 2012
John Victor Trenchard (Jack) was born in 1915 in Southampton and the family moved to Bournemouth following his father's discharge from the Army after WW1 service.

His father, Victor William Trenchard, started his business in 1919 from a corner shop with stables and yard attached and did furniture deliveries, baggage to and from the railway and house removals alongside his general groceries shop.

Victor eventually leased out the shop and concentrated on the removal business and when Jack left school at 14 he did a Motor Mechanic apprenticeship and then worked within the family business until he reached 65 in 1981, when he took a back seat and started to enjoy his retirement years.

During WW2 Jack was called to arms and saw active war service as a member of the Royal Hampshire Regiment, being taken prisoner in the battle for Tebourba Gap near to Algiers in 1941 and then spent the rest of the war in prisoner of war camps in firstly Italy and then Germany.

When he had a young family he gave further community service by becoming a Police Special Constable for many years. He was always an active member of the British Association of Removers which the family firm of Trenchards of Bournemouth had joined in 1946. He attended regularly the Bournemouth Sub Area and Southern Area Meetings taking his turn as chairman.

He and his late wife Edna also attended many conferences of BAR and also in latter years of FIDI and Eurovan where they made many friends of their era. Jack was also very active in the local Chamber of Trade and was President for a term. He was a founder member of the Rotary Club of North Bournemouth and when he was in his eighties transferred to the Past Rotarians Club of Bournemouth, which he and his close friend and neighbour George Burr attended regularly.

Two years ago Jack moved from Bournemouth to Torquay to be closer to daughter Lynda and her husband Robin. The old family firm of Trenchards passed into the hands of Pickfords and they still use this trading name. Son David was also very active in the local community with his parents support until 1981 when he left Trenchards and became owner and MD of Leatherbarrows.

In retirement Jack enjoyed reasonably good health, he gave a lot of support to his wife Edna who sadly died in 2004after 64 years of marriage and only ceased driving his car when he was 93 following a slight stroke.

He died in Torquay Hospital on June 13 following a heart attack at the age of 97. The funeral was at Bournemouth Crematorium on June 26, 2012.

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