Bill was popular figure in his town

bill farline of filey, obit
bill farline of filey, obit

TRIBUTES have been paid to a “well known” great-grandfather from Filey, who has passed away aged 95.

Harold Farline, who was affectionately known throughout the town as Bill, died peacefully at the Hylands Residential Home on January 5.

Described as a “great family man” by his daughter Carol, Mr Farline was married to his beloved wife, Carrie, for 72 years.

An inseparable couple, Mr Farline even moved into Hylands to be with his wife after she moved there due to ailing health.

“A proud Filey man” who was born and bred in the town, Mr Farline went to school in Filey.

He had his first job aged seven, working as an errand boy.

Tragedy struck aged 14, however, after his father passed away, which meant he had to find more work. However, his desire to work stayed with him through his whole life.

“He was always a hard worker,’ said Carol.

“He would do anything he could to keep us in a reasonably good life. He was just a big softy at heart.”

At 16, he became a greyhound trainer, eventually moving to London before the start of World War Two to help train and race the dogs at Wembley Stadium.

Before that he met wife Carrie at a tea dance in Crescent Gardens back home in Filey, before moving to London for a year.

Mr Farline joined the army during the Second World War, and when he was demobbed they set up home in Filey.

He stayed in the town he called home, firstly working as a painter and decorator, before setting up the popular Unicorn Home bakery in the 1960s, which was located in Union Street. His final career move came about when he took charge of the South Haven Guest House in Rutland Street, before retiring.

Mr Farline was a keen snooker player and could often be found playing at the Conservative Club.

His funeral took place on January 13 at St John’s Church, and he was cremated at Woodlands Crematorium.

As well as his wife, he leaves five children, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.