Tom Gye

It is with sadness that we report the death of Tom Gye on 10th July 2015. Tom had been in hospital for some time, but his discharge back home had just been arranged. He didn’t make it.

Tom was born in 1920. His parents were active in the local community and in business. Tom would have been better off than many children. Later Tom became head of the building and carpentry firm which was sited where Gye’s Old Yard is.

Let’s look at his life through past posts on this blog, plus some extra photos as well.

image002 Tom aged a year and a day.


Tom with his three big sisters.


An early picture of Tom, seated on the balustrade, and Peggy, on the ground, left.


Tom and friends on White Street – about 1926. Tom is in the car with his initials on the registration plate.


A family group. Tom is on the right next to wife Peggy. They married in 1940.


Tom, the young dad with his boys.


Tom with part of an old lathe which is now in the museum of rural life in Reading.


The bell ringers of 1955. Tom, always firm in his opinions, is sitting on the fence for once.


Tom at work fixing a metal tyre on a cart wheel.


The bell ringers of 1977. Tom is third from left. His son, Johnty, is on the left.


1993, with Peggy and all dressed up for a Victorian evening in the old Parish Room.


Tom in 2002


Tom and Peggy at the opening of the new Community Hall in 2007.


2010 – Tom gets an award for seventy years of bell ringing.


3 Responses to “Tom Gye”

  1. Maurice Wilkins Says:

    So sorry to hear of Tom’s death. I first met him in 2005 when I called at the house to talk to Peggy, who was just on her way to the vet to pick up their dog. He told me the story – the dog enjoyed carrying things about in its mouth and one day was carrying a small rubber ball, when something startled he and he gulped – and swallowed it! He had to be opened up to retrieve it!

    I 2009 I called at the house again to return some papers which Peggy had lent me. Having knocked on the door, a window opened upstairs and Tom looked out. When I asked for Peggy, he told me that she had died a month before. He promised to see that the papers were returned to the right place – probably in your museum!

  2. barbara Says:

    Lovely blog roger. Tom im sure would have been thrilled.

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