George and Muriel Pears
George Dunstin Pears
1912 - 1990
George was the son of Winfred and Maud Pears. George was schooled in Madura and later at Udyar in Madras. He started his career on South Indian Railways, and ended it as an 'A' grade driver in Villupuram. He loved to drive steam engines and declined promotions to office jobs. He was a railwayman through and through. He married Muriel Wood in 1930. (see Muriel later). During his time in Villupuram he was President of the Anglo Indian Association and loved the functions it organised. He loved dancing and would be seen on the floor most of the night. During the 2nd world war George was a Seargent with South India Railway Volunteer Regt/rfls.
George took early retirement from the railways and came to England where he worked with the Inland Revenue at Hammersmith. He lived in Wimbledon. then Morden and finally settled in Addiscombe Surrey. He was a proud man with lots of jocularity. He enjoyed his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. He died very suddenly on 28th August 1990 and his ashes are at rest at Greenlawns, Warlingham, Surrey.
Muriel was born on 12th April
1912, the daughter of Francis and Caroline Wood. She was convent
educated (Tangaserry, Kerala and later Madura). She acquired a very
simple but very strong faith; and developed a great devotion to Our
Blessed Lady; and made regular pilgrimages to Lourdes, Fatima,
Aylesford, Walsingham and Rome despite her advancing years.
A Requiem mass for Mum was held at
church of Our Lady of Anunciation in Addiscombe, Surrey on 28th
September 2001. The service was conducted by Fr. Peter Stoddart,
co-celebrated by Fr. Paddy Murtagh and assisted by Anthony Pears. In
addition to the large family, a number of friends, acquaintences and
parishioners attended to make a large church seem pretty full and the
hymns given full voice. Mums beautiful oak veneered coffin with brass
Cross shaped handles was surmounted with a full length crucifix. It was
covered in flowers and lay on a catafalque in the centre of the ailse
at the front of the church. It was a lovely service, very personal
because Mum was well known and loved in the parish.
Muriel's ashes were laid to rest next to her husband George at Greenlawns, Warlingham, Surrey