Rosemary's Father: Thomas William BLOMFIELD (1906 - 1962)

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[The following obituary has been transcribed from the Lynn News & Advertiser, Friday, March 9, 1962
Photos have been added from the family album.]

Lynn Borough Alderman Dies Suddenly: Five hours after finance meeting

Tom & Vera Blomfield

Mr Thomas William Blomfield, a former Mayor of Lynn and a member of the Lynn Town Council since 1944, died suddenly from a heart attack during the early hours of yesterday morning. Only five hours before his death, Mr Blomfield, a borough alderman, had been presiding over a meeting of the Town Council's Finance Committee. After leaving the meeting at about 10.30 p.m. he drove himself to his home at 52 Tennyson Avenue, Lynn. He suffered a heart attack at about 2 a.m. and died shortly before 3 a.m. Mr Blomfield, who would have been 56 in June, is survived by his widow, Mrs Vera Blomfield, and 17-year-old daughter, Rosemary. A service will be held at St Nicholas' Chapel, Lynn, tomorrow, at 11 a.m., followed by interment at the Gayton Road cemetery.

The honour of officially receiving the Queen - now Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother - came his way on two occasions. He described her as "one of the most charming ladies I have ever met."

Kings Lynn Mayor Tom Blomfield and Queen Elizabeth


Tom Blomfield Mayor of Kings Lynn

For many years Mr Blomfield figured prominently in local politics. He was the leader of the Conservative group on the Council and Chairman of the Chase Ward Conservative Committee. He was Mayor in 1949-50. During his Mayoralty he set up something of a borough record by having 401 official engagements in addition to a heavy diary of Council and committee meetings. He became an alderman in 1950. Over the past 17 years he had served on the Finance, Health and Watch Committees of the Council.

Vera Blomfield Mayoress of Kings Lynn


Mr Blomfield was well known for his connections with the butchery trade. The son of a Lynn butcher, he became associated with the family business when he left King Edward VII Grammar School in 1921. He was a member of the Institute of Meat, and had been president of Lynn and District Butchers' Association on several occasions. In 1957 he was elected an honorary life member of the Association. The formation of Norfolk Council of Butchers' Association in 1943 was in no small way due to the efforts of Mr Blomfield.


In 1938 Mr Blomfield became the Association's representative on the executive committee of the Chamber of Trade, as a co-opted member. In 1940 he became an elected member. He was the first butcher to be president of Lynn Chamber of Trade being unanimously elected to that office in 1944. During the second world war his work in connection with the district meat supply earned high commendation; he gave up private business to become chairman of the Butchers' Buying Committee.


In 1955 Mr Blomfield was chosen to judge at the Smithfield Show. He was believed to be the first West Norfolk man to be so honoured. At that time he was the Eastern area representative on the executive of the National Federation of Meat Traders. Most weeks he could be seen at Lynn cattle market grading sheep as a Ministry of Agriculture livestock grader. Each week he visited Lynn, Holt, Fakenham, Wisbech and March markets where he graded animals.


Most Sunday mornings he attended St Nicholas Chapel, Lynn. On more than one occasion he had been approached to allow his name to go forward as a possible member of the parochial church council. He felt that with all his public duties he would not be able to devote the time to the Parochial Church Council that he ought. He would not undertake any post unless he could do the job thoroughly. He was, however, a valued sidesman.


Tom Blomfield cricket close up

[Click on the image to see the whole team.]

Mr Blomfield's hobby was cricket. He had been captain of North Runcton Cricket Club for 18 seasons and had played an active part in improving the club's pitch.

One feat of which they still talk at Runcton was when Mr Blomfield hit a ball from an R.A.F. bowler over the house of the club secretary on to the road. His highest score was 96 not out against Wormegay in 1936 and he once made 95 against Holbeach Hurn.

Mr Blomfield was a fast bowler for the club, but decided that there were too many bowlers of that type in the club. He practised slow bowling on the quiet - and in the first match in which he produced his new style he took seven wickets for six runs when all seemed lost. Runcton on that occasion won by one run!

{On yet another occasion his bowling prowess inspired the opposition to write 'A Lament'.}


He organised cricket matches on the King Edward VII school playing field during the school holidays for pupils holidaying at home. Mr Blomfield was always willing to act as umpire and he and his shooting stick became part of the cricket scene.

For many years he had been associated with the Lynn Operatic and Dramatic Society, and during 1921 and 1939 took part in all but one of their productions. Mr Blomfield was also president of Lynn Players and took a keen interest in their productions.


Yesterday the Editor of the "Lynn News and Advertiser" received the following letter from the Mayor, Mr H. Harris:

As Mayor of the Borough I feel it right that I should express on behalf of the Borough Council the deep appreciation which we all feel of the services rendered to the town by Ald. T. W. Blomfield. Serving the town so well as a councillor, Alderman and Mayor, his passing will be a great loss to so many organisations with which he was closely connected. One of his great interests was the restoration of St Nicholas' Chapel and I therefore appeal to those who wish to honour his memory to send a donation to the Restoration Fund.

Mr Fisher

Yesterday Mr H. B. Fisher, alderman and leader of the Labour group on the Lynn Town Council, paid tribute to Mr Blomfield: "He was a likeable, yet sometimes stubborn man, but most of all he was a man we could all admire. Inside the Council chamber Tom and I have fought each other, but as soon as we were outside we were the best of friends. We never let politics interfere with our friendship." Mr Fisher went on to say that if ever the Conservatives intended to bring up an issue of major importance at a Council meeting, Mr Blomfield would let him know beforehand. "I used to do the same for him," he added. Said Mr Fisher: "We knew that he would fight us right through to the end, and we respected him for it."

The funeral was reported in the Lynn News & Advertiser, Tuesday, March 13, 1962:

Funeral of Ald. T. W. Blomfield

St Nicholas' Chapel, Lynn, was almost filled with people from all walks of life on Saturday for the funeral of one of the town's elder statesmen, Mr Thomas William Blomfield, who died from a heart attack on Thursday. He was 55. Mr Blomfield, a former Mayor of Lynn, had been a member of Lynn Town Council since 1944. The evening before his death he presided over a meeting of the Council's Finance Committee. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. L. R. Caddick, assistant curate of St Margaret's, assisted by the Rev. H. Edgell, priest in charge of St Edmunds and the Rev. G. Galley, priest in charge of St Nicholas. Interment followed at Gayton Road cemetery.

Police bearers
The coffin was borne by six members of the Lynn Police Division, Supt. F. Calvert, P.s.'s A. Smith and E. Mason, and P.c.'s G. Fenton, T. Humphrey and H. Pitcher.

The immediate mourners were the widow, Miss R. Blomfield, Mr and Mrs L. Clarke, Miss W. Blomfield, Mr L. Samson, Mrs E. Crabtree, Mrs L. Adams, Mr A. E. Jones, Mrs C. Tinkler and Mr A. Tinkler.

Among the many who were in church were the Mayor and Mayoress, .....