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OBITUARY: Charles Fuller was a 5th generation member of London brewery company Fuller, Smith & Turner Featured

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A fifth generation member of the London brewing company, Fuller, Smith & Turner, has died in the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

Charles Christopher Fleetwood Fuller, died aged 75 on December 28 after battling for 13 years against cancer.

Born in his parents’ home at Jaggards House, Neston, with the rose petals coming through the window, Charles grew up post-war with his three sisters.

Having been educated at Winchester and then at Milton Abbey, he travelled to Australia before joining the 5th Inniskilling Dragoon Guards aged 19 and serving in Hong Kong.

After leaving the army, he joined the family brewery Fuller, Smith & Turner’s in Chiswick, London.

Upon his parents’ death in the 1970s Charles returned to Jaggards where he devoted his time to serving the local community with an enormous and rare sense of duty.

He became a magistrate in 1983 until his retirement in 2015, also serving in the family court.

Alongside this, he was a member of Corsham Town Council for 45 years and was on the Board of Trustees for the Hungerford Almshouses in Corsham.

He was president of the Corsham Gardeners’ Society where he loved handing out the trophies.

Mr Fuller was a fence judge at the Badminton Horse Trials from 1975-2016, and latterly president of Corsham branch of the Royal British Legion.

Throughout his busy life he was a keen countryman and sportsman. He spent his summers playing polo at Tidworth with his Pick Your Own fruit business thriving at Jaggards until he moved into the Garden Cottage in 1998.

He owned a large woodland at Orchardleigh in Frome where, surrounded by like-minded people, he enjoyed running a shoot for 30 years. He managed the woodland and thoroughly enjoyed nature and wildlife.

Charles was also patron of the Wiltshire Working Gundogs Society and great supporter of the United Retriever Club.

Anyone who knew him would have known how fond he was of his impeccably-behaved labradors.

For more than 20 years, Mr Fuller owned a two-seater microlight aircraft which he loved to fly all over the country and annually to France, even taking one of his dogs Thisbee for picnics on the Isle of Wight.

He loved to fly over the countryside and even up to Scotland and took many brave friends for a spin. His favourite phrase was happy landings.

Charles spent his lockdown year enjoying his dogs, helping his grandchildren learn to ride bikes, watching plants grow and animals enjoy his garden, going on bug hunts and blissfully playing conkers in big piles of autumn leaves.

He leaves behind his son George, daughter Claire and two young grandchildren.

A private funeral will be held at St Philip’s and St James’ Church in Neston where he will be buried in the family grave.

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