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Fitting send off as over 300 attend funeral for 'much loved' former scout leader and church stalwart

PUBLISHED: 22:14 22 March 2019 | UPDATED: 12:32 23 March 2019

The funeral of David Webster, Dereham. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The funeral of David Webster, Dereham. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Jamie Honeywood Archant Norwich Norfolk

The church David Webster dedicated so much of his time to was packed with friends and family as they said their final goodbyes to a man who touched the lives of many.

David Webster former leader of the 1st Dereham Scout Group has died aged 80.  PHOTO: IAN BURTDavid Webster former leader of the 1st Dereham Scout Group has died aged 80. PHOTO: IAN BURT

Mr Webster, who lived in Dereham his whole life and served as a leader at the 1st Dereham Scouts, died at the age of 80.

His funeral was held at St Nicholas Church in the town on Friday, March 22, where for 10 years he was the verger, helping to organise weddings, funerals and other services.

Scouts lined up outside the church as his coffin was brought in draped in the Dereham Scout flag, while Dereham Town Council also flew the Scouts flag in the town centre in his memory.

Paying tribute to their dad, both of his sons Paul and Mark gave a joint speech at the service to the 300-plus people who attended.

Mark said: “Over the years he held many different roles at the scouts,

“I think his favourite role was that of scout leader. That is what he will be most remembered for.

“People would stop him in the town and ask him how he was and thank him for what he had done. We felt like we shared our dad with half of Dereham but we never minded.

“He was always happy to help out when needed. Over the years he has been known by many names but to us he was always dad.”

The funeral of David Webster, Dereham. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe funeral of David Webster, Dereham. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

His other son Paul said: “He was a great and noble man and the best father someone could have and the best husband a wife could have.”

Mr Webster worked at Dereham’s Crane Fruehauf plant as a machinist for his whole career, except for two years of national service.

As well as serving as a scouts and cub leader, he was also assistant district commissioner and was given the scouts’ highest award, the Silver Wolf.

He met his wife Claudette through the scouts, where she was a guides leader, and they married in 1963.

The funeral of David Webster, Dereham. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe funeral of David Webster, Dereham. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

He spent much of his time helping at the church and Rector, Rev Sally Theakston, said: “He knew every corner and every cobweb of the church.

“We know David gave much love to our church community and to his family. In return, he was much loved.”

The funeral of David Webster, Dereham. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe funeral of David Webster, Dereham. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Dereham Town Council flew the Scouts flag in the town centre in memory of David Webster. Picture: Dereham Town CouncilDereham Town Council flew the Scouts flag in the town centre in memory of David Webster. Picture: Dereham Town Council

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