A fun-loving dad of five known as ‘Bronco’ and ‘Del-Boy’ has passed away aged 74.
William Markwick died on October 9 of pneumonia having just lived long enough to see grandson Roméo William who was born seven weeks early. The newborn was one of 14 grandchildren and 11 great -grandchildren that William (Bill to his family and friends) had.
William of Stowe Hill Road, Paston, was known for raising lots of money for charities which he would donate to children’s units.
Daughter Leigh said: “He was a well known character and if you didn’t know him in person you would certainly know his weird and wonderful mobility scooters that he used to customise to suit his unusual tastes and ideas.
“He even made a huge model of his favourite pub The Paul Pry in Lincoln Road.
“He certainly was a huge character who will be sadly missed by everyone.”
A private cremation is being held on Friday but people can say their goodbyes at the wake on Sunday, November 1 at the Paul Pry from 3-5pm.
The pub has started a collection for William - who used to end letters and texts with ‘Goodnight, God Bless Bronco’ - with proceeds going to Great Ormond Street Hospital.