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Fire appliance will carry former firefighter Roy Evans to his funeral on Friday Featured

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FORMER Malmesbury firefighter Roy Evans, a man described as "a real Malmesbury hero" by Malmesbury watch manager Chris Harvey, will be carried on a vintage fire engine, with an escort of other fire vehicles, in a family procession to his funeral on Friday.

Roy died on December 31 after a 12-month battle with cancer.

He was born on December 16 1958 in Malmesbury Hospital and grew up and went to school in Sherston. School was not his favourite pastime and he much preferred to be outside in the fields or fishing and enjoying country life. Roy would often been seen around Sherston and the local villages on his Raleigh Chopper a bike which turned into a real passion. Roy’s original Chopper bike is still in the family today.

His first job was working on the family farm as a farm labourer before progressing onto driving straw lorries down to Cornwall. Roy had a real love for motorbikes and was fearless in the way he rode them. He would frequently attend motorbike days out, riding all over the country.

He joined Ranalagh Gates in the late 1970s, where he started his lifelong wielding career during which time he became a father to his son Chris. In 1993 Roy, who was was renowned for his boyish good looks and cheeky smile, joined Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service as a retained firefighter, a position he held for almost 19 years. During Roy’s time with the Fire Service he fell in love with a female colleague Juliette, whom he later married in 2007.

Roy was made redundant when Ranalagh Gates closed and worked for a short time for the neighbouring company Sweetenham & Bradley, before starting up his own business The Iron Works & Gate Company with his son Chris.

Roy’s other interests included a love of old vehicles, including tractors, and being an active member of the North Wilts Morris Minor Car Club. He enjoyed walking and completed the Three Peaks Challenge, as well as kayaking and charity work.

Roy’s work can be found in many locations around the town including the town gates at the bottom of the High Street, the railing around St Mary’s hall, Malmesbury Fire Station's firefighters' memorial bench and may other items around the town

Roy’s funeral will take place on Friday at Holy Cross Church in Sherston at 1pm. The family-only procession will begin at 12.30pm and pass along Park Road and up through Parklands on its way to Sherston and anyone wishing to say farewell, who can’t make the church service, is encouraged to stand on Park Road. The family have requested no flowers and any donations will be for Dorothy House via Matthews Funeral Directors.

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