Over the last years hundreds of customers have visited us in East Sussex. One of the highlights of the factory tour was seeing where the small wooden lorries are built. For many years this was George’s domain. On the first of March last year, hundreds of friends and children celebrated his 99th birthday. George faithfully continued making lorries until he was nearly 100.
George had no family, having outlived them all by years, so my husband Toby and I with our two-year-old son Chase took “Grandpa” into our family. George married late in life and had no children of his own. Nevertheless he loved children and carefully making perfect lorries was his contribution to their happy childhoods.
Last November, 100 days before his 100th birthday, George passed away peacefully. Our whole community misses George; we were his family and he was our Grandpa. If your school or nursery has a Community Playthings lorry, aeroplane or helicopter, then George has touched your setting as well.