He was a farmer until the very end — so it was only fitting that Peter Fitton was driven to his funeral by a tractor.
Mr Fitton, described by his family as ’solid and dependable’, died suddenly at the age of 62 on June 19 while on holiday in Bakewell with his wife Margaret.
On Thursday (July 6), hundreds packed St Mary’s Church in Deane for an agricultural-themed service, in which his love for his family, friends and farming was celebrated.
A tractor pulling a trailer, which was emblazoned with messages of love, carried the coffin, adorned with the flowers, led the cortege, with another tractor driving behind.
The father-of-four and grandfather of six owned Moss Bank Farm, near Bolton, for just over 40 years.
He was born into farming, with both his parents, Jack and Hazel Fitton, farming in Worsley, having previously farmed on the family farm in Walmesley, Bury.
His father was a founding member of Bury Young Farmers Club.
Peter’s sister Jackie told Farmers Guardian: "He was a solid, dependable, upright man who was devoted to his family. Loyalty was very important to him - he was one of life’s best.
“He lived for his his family, his children and wife, who he was devoted to. He and Margaret had just celebrated 40 years of marriage, their Ruby Wedding Anniversary.”
The funeral service was conducted by the Rector: The Reverend Dr Terry Clark and Peter’s daughter Rachel read a specially written a poem, in tribute to her dad.
Mr Fitton also leaves behind his brothers John and Mark.