Funeral set for railway engineer

A FORMER railway engineer who died suddenly on a train will be laid to rest tomorrow.

A FORMER railway engineer who died suddenly on a train will be laid to rest tomorrow.

Pensioner Geoffrey Humphrey was found in a carriage along the stretch of track between Ipswich and Manningtree - a section he knew well after spending much of his working life on the region's rails.

The 78-year-old great-grandfather had been returning home on March 3 after spending the weekend with family in Yorkshire and after visiting a niece in Lincolnshire when he was found dead by a fellow passenger.

Mr Humphrey's funeral will be held at 2pm at St Michael's Church in Brantham, the village in which he lived for many years.

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He will then be buried at the Woodland burial site in Wrabness before mourners gather at the Brantham Bull for his wake. More than 100 people are expected to pay their respects.

Mr Humphrey's family have discovered that the cause of his death was due to an aneurysm of the aorta.

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His youngest son, Toby, 40, of Birch Drive, Brantham, said medics had revealed his father would have died instantly and not felt any pain.

Mr Humphrey, who spent his final years in sheltered housing in Dovercourt, worked on the railways in East Anglia and London.

He was a familiar face at Manningtree station, where he regularly caught the early morning train to the capital.

After taking early retirement in 1986, Mr Humphrey dedicated much of his life to volunteering and charity work.

Those wishing to make a donation should send cheques to Sue Ryder, The Chantry, Chantry Park, Hadleigh Road, Ipswich, IP2 0BP, including a note outlining that the cash has been given in memory of Geoffrey Humphrey.

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