These are all the death notices published in the Colchester Gazette this week.

LEAR Robert John Charles (Known to all as John) Passed away peacefully on 8th August 2020 aged 93. Much loved Husband of the late Nancy and beloved Father to Malcolm, Carolyn and Pauline. Father-in-Law to David, Ray and Lena and Grandfather to Marianna, James and Sarah. A celebration of life will be held at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, West Mersea later this month, but this will be private due to Government Guidelines. Donations in memory of John to St Helena Hospice (SinglePoint) or Prostate Cancer UK may be sent to J K May Funeral Service, Blackwater House, 51 High Street, West Mersea, CO5 8JE or via

RUDKINS Grahame Frederick Passed away peacefully on the 10th September 2020 at the age of 87. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

SHIERS Audrey Gertrude (née Wright) Died on 27th August at Colchester General Hospital, aged 96 years. Devoted Mother, to Jeremy, Jamie and Hugo as well as being devoted to her six Grandchildren and three Great Grandchildren. She will be remembered lovingly for her deep sense of loyalty and great sense of adventure. Due to the present restrictions a private funeral service will be held at Weeley Crematorium on Thursday 24th September at 1:15pm. Please contact P G Oxley Ltd who will be monitoring attendance numbers, if you would like to attend. Family flowers only please, but donations in memory of Audrey may be sent to St. Michaels Church, Kirby-le-Soken & The Woodland Trust c/o P.G. Oxley Ltd., 43/47 High Street, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8BE. Tel. 01255 675549

Dr Ronald William Turner 13th February 1932 – 8th September 2020 Died peacefully in hospital. Ron is survived by his life partner, Gill, and his three sons Paul, Mark and Julian. He was the loving patriarch of a large blended family which included over 25 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. A private service will be held on Friday 9th October at Oakfield Wood, Wrabness. The cortege will depart at 1.30 p.m. from Connaught Close, Clacton-on-Sea. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Dr R W Turner to the RNLI, cheques may be sent c/o R Gwinnell & Sons, 351 Holland Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 6PD or via the Tribute Page at

KEEBLE Craig Passed away suddenly on 25th August 2020. Aged 48. A much loved Partner, Son, Brother, Dad and Grandad. Sadly missed by us all. Funeral service to take place at St Mary’s Church Ardleigh on 23rd September at 1pm, followed by burial at Ardleigh cemetery at 2pm.

PRATT Joan Mary Joan taken home to be with her Lord on 1st September, aged 92 years. Beloved Wife of the late Fred and a wonderful Mum, Nanna and Great Nanna. She will be greatly missed by all her family & friends and all who knew her. Due to the present restrictions there will be a private family funeral at Frinton Homelands Free Church on Tuesday 29th September at 12 noon followed by interment at Kirby Cross Cemetery. Flowers or donation in memory of Joan may be sent to Alzheimer’s Society c/o P.G. Oxley Ltd., 43/47 High Street, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8BE Tel. 01255 675549 or online at The family wish to sincerely thank the management and staff at Luff House Care Home for all the love and care they gave Mum and for all the support they gave the family in these difficult times.

MOSS Gwendoline Ellen ‘Gwen’ Sadly passed away at home on 2nd September 2020, aged 84. Much loved Wife of Fred, Sister and Aunt. A private funeral service to be held at Colchester Crematorium. Family flowers only, donations if desired to St Helena Hospice may be made via All enquiries to Hunnaball of Colchester - Stanway, 8 Chapel Road, Colchester, Essex. CO3 0PU Tel: 01206 489212.