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Charlie Cumbers – a village remembers

  • Author: Anne Cleaver
  • Published: 19th January 2022
  • Categories: Blog, Business, Clanfield

Charlie Cumbers – a village remembers

South Downs Funeral Service Denmead, Wickham and Clanfield is fundraising for The Rowans Hospice (

We mark the passing of Charlie Cumbers, a respected and much loved local businessman and friend to so many in this area. For those of you wishing to pay your respects to Charlie, he will be passing by the shop in Drift Road for one last time at around 10am on Friday 21st January - heading down from Hilltop. Many people are expected to attend, so please come early and park further away from Drift Road. 

Charlie was a staunch member of Clanfield Online and contributed generously with his time and stock for the benefit of the whole community.  We could write pages in his honour, but we feel that your words are more powerful than ours. Here is a tiny sample of the hundreds of messages sent to his family over the past few weeks:       

"Charlie was such a gentle lovely man who always had a smile for everyone and such community spirit with all his customers, he will be missed so very much.
We will miss you so much Charlie. Always loved having our chats. I will never forget you lending me your own wire brush as you didn’t have any to sell. Says everything about who you were.
Charlie was a great guy, always glad to give advice to DIY lost causes like me.
The village has lost a great character, excellent businessman who contributed so much over so many years.
Charlie was a legend and I have valued the time with him in the 37 years we have been in the village. God bless him, he was a true gentleman."


"Charlie was such a kind and welcoming man. He was always so keen to help and got me out of many a DIY fix over the years! I’ve often referred to friends and family how lucky we were to have such a great local shop and someone so keen to help.
A true gentleman and absolute legend in the village. He could pinpoint anything in his amazing Aladdin’s cave.
If the measure of the man is reflected in the number of people whose lives he has touched in a positive way, the comments of the local community must be of some consolation to his family. Condolences to Mandy, Holly and Fern for your loss. He will be sadly missed - a true pillar of the community. RIP Charlie."

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