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Trevor Andrew Bengree (Andy)

Andy was born in Godmanchester in 1944 at his mother’s family home in Cambridge Street and later moved to East Chadley Lane where he was brought up with his sister, Linda.  During his teenage years, he worked at his Uncle’s Butchers shop (Neville Markham) in Cambridge Street, where he delivered meat on the butcher’s bike and carried out other general duties.  It’s well known he didn’t like this job and called the butchers shop ‘The Factory’.

After leaving school he became an apprentice electrician.  Early on he had a few other jobs in-between, such as working at Johnson Matthey refining precious metals, but his trade as an electrician was his life’s employment until he retired in 2009.

He met his wife, Margaret, at the Woolpack pub in 1969 and they were married in 1970.  They settled in Godmanchester starting married life for a short period at Old Court Hall, before moving to Anderson Crescent and finally in 1985, Andy and family moved back in to the house he was born in, Cambridge Street.

Andy was a keen sportsman, playing Football with Godmanchester Rovers and the county team in his younger years, before moving on to Darts, a brief stint playing Bowls and then with his favourite sport, Snooker – where he participated and won a few tournaments at the Comrades Club.

Later in life he found a love for gardening and growing vegetables. He started with a small garden at the back of West Street and then subsequently progressed to an allotment plot where vegetables were grown, and beer flowed with his fellow gardeners and friends - naming his plot the ‘The Royal Allotment Arms’.

After retiring, Andy suffered from a long term progressive illness.  Although he slowed down, he was still able to enjoy his allotment and the local pubs with his friends the best he could.  He passed away peacefully in the home in which he was born, on Monday, 8 January 2018.  He is survived by his wife Margaret, daughter Fay, son Stephen and Grandchildren Kerri and Stacey.

He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

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