Obituary: George Thomas COMBE (1868-1930)

From: Cheltenham Chronicle, Saturday 25 October 1930

Loss to The Cotswolds – Death of Mr. George Combe

A very well-known figure has been lost to the North Cotswolds by the death, on Tuesday, of Mr. George Thomas Combe, of the Brewery House, Brockhampton.

Aged 62 years at the time of his death, Mr. Combe was born at Brockhampton, he being a member of a family settled there since the days of his great-grandfather. HIs father, Mr. Thomas Combe, who died in 1896, and his grandfather in 1871, were both natives of the place, where his great-grandfather settled somewhere about 1850. The various generations carried on the brewery business until 1920, when the subject of this notice retired, he having sold the goodwill to a Birmingham firm.

For a couple of years after this he resided at Turkdean but then returned ti his old residence at the Brewery House, where he remained until his death.

Chairman of Parish Council

Mr. Combe took a keen interest in the parochial and religious affairs of the place in which he spent his whole life. He was chairman of the parish council of Sevenhampton, of which parish Brockhampton forms part, and regularly attended the Brockhampton Baptist Chapel, of which he was a sympathetic supported. In his later years he was a “recognised institution” of Brockhampton, for whatever the state of the weather – and weather is weather on the roof of the Cotswolds – he made his regular rounds, calling on his friends and having a friendly word with practically everybody in the place.

Horseback to London

In his younger days Mr. Combe was a keen sportsman and follower of the Cotswold Hounds, and his love of riding was exemplified by the fact that on one occasion he and his first wife made a trip from Brockhampton to London on horseback.

Mr. Combe was twice married, his first wife, who died in 1921, being Miss Emily Alexandra Adams of Cheltenham. Of this marriage three children survive, viz., Mr. Reginald Combe of the Rectory Farm, Turkdean; Flying Officer Ronald Combe, now stationed at Helena, Egypt, and Mrs. Deakin, wife of Mr. George Deakin, of Whittington, Worcestershire. IN 1922 he married Mrs. Voyte of Cheltenham, a native of Shipton Oliffe, who survives him.

Mr. Combe was a cousin of the Rev. George Combe, now a Baptist minister of Stockport, who is very well known in the North Cotswolds and in Cheltenham, and a nephew of the late Benjamin Combe who long resided in Cheltenham.


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