Big turnout at the funeral of the former mayor of Fareham

LINE OF DUTY Michael Nobes with his wife Margaret during his time as mayor of Fareham
LINE OF DUTY Michael Nobes with his wife Margaret during his time as mayor of Fareham

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MORE than 150 people attended the funeral of a much-loved former mayor and councillor,

Michael Nobes, known as Mike, from Fareham, died on Sunday, October 20 aged 69 following a short illness at his home on The Drive.

Mike was a well-known character in the Fareham area, having served as a councillor representing the Fareham North ward from 1982 until 1995.

He was made mayor for the 1989/1990 municipal year and was very honoured to be made chairman of Fareham East District Scouts when his year as mayor ended.

Mike met wife Maggie when he was an apprentice at GEC (Marconi) Portsmouth, aged 16. They married on August 17, 1966, at the Holy Trinity Church in Fareham.

Mike moved from Alverstoke to live in the family home, built on land owned by Maggie’s family, where he lived for 47 years.

The couple had two daughters - their eldest Karen was born in October 1968, and she was followed by Jo in February 1971.

Karen and her husband Trevor Waddington gave Mike three granddaughters - Tan, Vics, and Deli - who he loved very much.

His other daughter Jo got together with partner Mark Sitch, and Mark quickly became the son that Mike never had, helping him with repairs around the home and the decorations at Christmas.

Of his many endearing qualities was his loyalty to his family, friends, hobbies and employment.

He worked as a senior design engineer at BAE Systems from 1961 until 2009, often juggling his work, his family life and his role on the council.

Mike also held a soft spot for boxer dogs and was delighted when Maggie allowed him to have them in the family home.

Although not too sure of the breed at first, Maggie says she could not live without them now and has two living with her.

Mike was a keen supporter of charity, and often helped Maggie with her work, raising money for Cancer Research UK, taking the lead in the annual Beetle Drive.

He loved sport, especially watching cricket and had recently joined the Fareham Bowls Club and was hoping to join the Palmerstone Club.

His funeral took place on Monday, November 4 at Portchester Crematorium.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

· Michael Nobes, born May 6, 1944, died on October 20, 2013