Much-loved Flixton and Folkton parish councillor Bryan Found has died aged 83
A much-loved Flixton and Folkton parish councillor, has died at the age of 83.
Bryan Found was born in Flixton on September 15 1936 and attended the village primary school before moving up to Bridlington School and agricultural college.
He worked on Church Farm, Folkton, which has been in his family for generations, all his life.
He married his late wife Brenda in 1963 and had two daughters, Sarah and Becky.
After the arrival of his daughters, Church Farm became playground for the children of the village and the door was always open for friends.
Bryan would often drive children to Cayton Bay so they could play on the beach and go rock pooling.
His love of the outdoors was fostered through his long life as a farmer.
He enjoyed tending his allotment, feeding birds and wildlife and he encouraged a breeding programme for barn owls.
Another of his passions was travel and he enjoyed visiting new places, trying the local food and meeting new people.
His daughter Sarah said he would find something in common with everyone he met along the way and he would always arrive home full of stories which he diligently wrote down in diaries.
In later life he enjoyed visiting his daughter Becky and granddaughter Emmie in London where they would enjoy a full itineraryof activities, discovering new places as well as favourites such as the British Museum.
Bryan would also travel to France as often as he could to visit Sarah and his other granddaughter Jessie and was always enthusiastic to learn the language and the culture.
Above all, community was at the heart of everything Bryan did and he felt a great sense of service to his village.
He was a church warden at St John’s in Folkton and would often ring the bells on Sundays, sometimes resorting to tying a rope to his leg if a wedding required a complex tune.
A lifelong member of Folkton and Flixton Cricket Club, he played and was later umpire and could regularly be seen mowing the grounds and trimming hedges.
Watching the team win the National Cricketer Village Cup at Lords in 2018 was a dream come true for him.
Bryan served as a parish councillor for many years and was a volunteer at Dial a Ride, having a bus named after him to mark 19 years of service.
He would call in on older residents and friends and those who were alone or unwell to check they were ok.
His daughter Sarah said his sense of family went well beyond those he was related to.
Bryan died on January 6 2020 and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all in his community.
Sarah said: “It was said at his funeral on Monday January 27, by one of his friends, that ‘id everyone was like Bryan, the world would be a better place’.”