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Obituary: Nigel Timms

Nigel Timms has passed away after a long illness.

Latterly national specification manager at Wolseley UK, Nigel first started his working life in insurance as an underwriter with Norwich Union and then Legal and General.  He soon found that his interests lay within the building trade and his early years were spent working with Millington’s and then spent many years working in the Wolseley group, and with the Build Center brand.

Nigel’s family soon grew to accept his passion for bricks as lots of holidays and days out were spent looking at building sites and examining bricks to see if they were suitable for his next project. He had two sons and upon his marriage to Edwina he took on the responsibility of her two children as well. Along came 12 grandchildren which kept them both busy with days out and family holidays.  Nigel had always enjoyed caravan holidays and when a caravan was purchased his dream was to tow it to France for a family holiday.  Many short breaks were taken over the years which included stops on the way to look at his precious bricks.

Nigel loved to spend time in the garden and he had also been a member of several clubs over the years, Round Table, Shepshed Rugby Club where his role was to arrange the social activities which he was very good at.  Nigel was well known for his social activities and his ability to raise money for the clubs he belonged to. He joined St John Ambulance where he made it clear he would never do any first aid but he would raise money so that the younger members could be given opportunities to experience additional.  He raised £10,000 on one occasion and was in his element when he found he was going to be interviewed on the radio.  Nigel was honoured last year when he was included by the Queen as a Member of the Order of St John.

Nigel became unwell in July 2019 and true to his dedication to his work he carried on without anyone knowing.  His health worsened towards the end of 2020 but one of the last things he did the week that he passed away was to check his emails.

Nigel requested that anyone who wished to make donations after he passed away which was to give to Ward 27 at Leicester Royal Infirmary where his granddaughter Evie-Mae was successfully treated for Leukaemia.  Nigel spent many hours with her when she was in hospital and saw the need for fundraising for things that would help the children to pass the time and to help them to get through a very difficult time.  If anyone wants to donate they can by going to the Go fund page in Nigels memory https://www.gofundme.com/f/nigels-last-request.

The funeral will take place Thursday 21st January at 11:00 and will be streamed live via the church’s Facebook page (called Kegworth and Hathern Benefice). Those wishing to view the ceremony will need to like the page. The funeral will then stay available online for a few days.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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