Tributes paid to cabbie who was a ‘lovely kind man’

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David Curwen, centre, hugs his mother with whom he wa sreunited. Completing the group is his brother Keith

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THE sons of a taxi driver found dead in his car have paid tribute to his life.

Trevor Fentiman, of Commodore Place in Gosport was buried yesterday at Ann’s Hill Cemetery after a funeral at Holy Trinity Church in Trinity Green, Gosport.

The 68-year-old died in Gosport in the early hours of December 20 after an argument with two men he had dropped off at HMS Sultan.

His wife Sue, family and friends attended the service, along with members of taxi firms from across Gosport.

Speaking at the service, his son Charles said: ‘My dad was a good man. He was a hard worker.

‘He was a provider, a carer and a lovely kind man.

‘Over the years Sue has suffered and he’s been there constantly by her side.

‘He worked long hours to provide my family with a decent lifestyle.

‘There’s a lesson for all of us that we should be patient and kind.

‘Already there have been reconciliations in the family.’

Mr Fentiman has four other children, Jamie from his marriage with Sue along with Maxine, Graham and David from Sue and Trevor’s previous relationships.

Originally from Matlock in Essex, Mr Fentiman had previously worked in a piano factory and as a milkman, a bread salesman and then a shopkeeper in San Diego Road in Gosport, a sweet seller and finally a taxi driver.

He worked for Gosport firms Bridge Cars, Sky Car, 710 – 500 Taxis, and Hardway Cabs and was captain of the pool team at the New Inn pub.

Jamie paid tribute to his father’s life and shared with the congregation Mr Fentiman’s love of his much cherished dog Trixie.

Jamie said: ‘He was always there, whether it was on the end of a phone or right by our sides, he loved us unconditionally.

‘He taught us well and I will always love him.’

Officiating at the service, the Rev Andy Davis gave a history of Mr Fentiman’s life and favourite hobbies.

He said: ‘Trevor worked hard all his life, he loved his family, friends and colleagues.

‘He was always laughing and had a dry sense of humour and played practical jokes, like jumping out of a fireplace to surprise some of the girls that Jamie worked with, or locking a snoozing security guard in his room.’

Mr Fentiman also leaves behind his five grandchildren, Daniel, Matthew, Steven, Ryan and Adam.