Engineer’s final journey is a fitting tribute

Funeral of Norman Waspe
Funeral of Norman Waspe

A ‘kind hearted’ and highly skilled agricultural engineer, who died aged 69, has made a fitting final journey on a tractor and trailer.

Norman Waspe, who passed away on February 1, repaired and restored machinery at farms across Suffolk and Norfolk and was a member of the the Ferguson Club.

Norman Waspe

Norman Waspe

Fulfilling a last wish, his coffin was carriedby trailer and Ferguson 135 tractor from his Flempton home to his funeral at the village church on Tuesday.

He was then taken to West Suffolk Crematorium in Risby followed by a procession of tractors.

All of the tractors involved were ones he helped to restore and repair.

The tractor carrying Mr Waspe’s coffin belonged to and was driven by his friend and fellow Ferguson Club member Henry Castle, who knew him for 30 years.

Mr Castle said: “He was a very good engineer. He had an ability to take Fergies to bits and reassemble them while talking to you and remembering where everything went.”

Mr Waspe was born in Mildenhall, grew up at Block Farm, in Bradfield Combust, and attended Beyton School.

He was a member of Bury St Edmunds Young Farmers Club and played hockey for Bury Hockey Club.

He trained as an agricultural engineer at Barclay Motors, in Bury St Edmunds, and then worked for Overland Machinery, in Sicklesmere, for about eight years.

Mr Waspe was then self-employed for the rest of his life. He was a member of the East Anglian branch of the Ferguson Club for 12 years and owned 20 tractors in various states of repair.

His brother Michael, 69, who is a year younger to the day, said: “He was fantastic – a good and kind-hearted man who would turn out for anyone who was in trouble.

“He was a true countryman at heart and enjoyed all the country sports like birdwatching, fishing, hunting and shooting.”

He leaves two other brothers David and Graham as well as two nephews and a niece.