Mourners bid farewell to Cowplain community leader Jack Carruthers

The funeral of Jack Carruthers took place at All Saints Church in Denmead  Picture: Sarah Standing (143550-2858)
The funeral of Jack Carruthers took place at All Saints Church in Denmead Picture: Sarah Standing (143550-2858)
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HE travelled the world in the merchant navy and saw exotic places such as Chile and Peru.

But Jack Carruthers’ favourite place was at home with his family in the community he loved.

065029_0074_CARRUTHERS_DIAMOND 24/11/06''Diamond wedding couple, Jack Carruthers (81) and his wife Jane Carruthers (81) of Ludcombe, Denmead, were former Mayor of Havant and Mayor's Consort, and are now celebrating their sixty-years of marriage.''PICTURE: MICHAEL SCADDAN (065029-0074) MAYOAK0003374847

065029_0074_CARRUTHERS_DIAMOND 24/11/06''Diamond wedding couple, Jack Carruthers (81) and his wife Jane Carruthers (81) of Ludcombe, Denmead, were former Mayor of Havant and Mayor's Consort, and are now celebrating their sixty-years of marriage.''PICTURE: MICHAEL SCADDAN (065029-0074) MAYOAK0003374847

Warm tributes were paid to Mr Carruthers, who died from a stroke earlier this month at the age of 89.

It came almost exactly four weeks after his beloved 89-year-old wife, Jane Carruthers, a former Mayor of Havant, died.

Around 100 people turned out to pay their respects at the service at All Saints Church in Denmead.

Mr Carruthers’ involvement in the community was prolific ever since he moved to Cowplain in the 1950s from Lancashire.

He was an independent councillor for Hart Plain and Cowplain wards and also a county councillor for the Waterlooville area.

Later in life he was chairman of Cowplain Age Concern and Havant Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

He was also an active freemason and played cricket for Cowplain Cricket Club.

Blue and white flowers adorned his coffin to recognise his favourite football team – Preston North End – and a Mars bar.

The chocolate was his favourite gift for loved ones and the number of bars depended on the achievement.

His grand-daughter Rachael McCarthy said: ‘He was a great husband, a great dad, a great grandad, and a great great-grandad who we fondly called “Grandad the Great”.’

His daughter Jane Wilkins, from Horndean, told the congregation the family were devastated to lose Jack and Jane.

But she said: ‘We find comfort in the fact they will love being together again after four weeks apart.’

His other daughter, Helen Ayres, said: ‘Dad was a very funny man. I should have known my life was going to be fun from day one.’

She laughed about her father picking her up in the car wearing his pyjamas on her nights out in Southsea and a memorable family ‘adventure’ driving to Switzerland.

She added: ‘I remember conversations with him about the Hampshire Transport Plan, the Havant incinerator.

‘He really cared about such things.’

His grand-daughter Helen Bradley said: ‘He was proud to represent his constituents and focus on their local needs rather than be governed by national politics.

‘He felt very strongly about keeping politics out of local government.’