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E Pearl Inskip

1888 – 1973

Age 85

 The following obituary was published in The Ringing World of 19th October 1973 (Page 848)

It was with deep regret that the news of the death of Pearl Inskip was received by members of the Bedfordshire Association and the many outside the county who knew him.

Bedfordshire born, he spent some years of his early manhood in Northamptonshire but returned to the county of his birth and made his home again at Kempston, where his early years had been spent and where he was eventually elected tower captain, a position he held for 46 years.   He became a vice-president of the Bedfordshire Association in 1950 and held that position for the remainder of his life.  

No record of his peals has come to light, but he rang quite a number in earlier days, and a measure of his ability as a ringer and conductor was the peal of 7560 Minor in ten methods at Bromham in 1938 and in which he not only conducted but “turned in” the 23cwt. tenor.

A man with the ability to hold fast to what he knew to be good, he had a genius for getting pleasure out of the simple things of life, and in these things he found fulfilment.

He was not only an excellent friend and counsellor in time of trouble, but one who knew, also, how to get the best from life’s happier occasions, truly a man for all seasons!

Such was the man who on September 7 suffered a stroke, from which he recovered to an extent, but a second one followed with dramatic suddenness, and this was fatal.

Our sympathy goes out to his family and more particularly to Mrs Inskip, whose marriage to this most estimable man has terminated after 38 happy years.

“Thou wily keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee”.