William John Barry Sitton
William John Barry Sitton
Date & time of Service
Tuesday, January 24 2017 - 12.40pm
South-West Middlesex Crematorium
James Smith, Swanage
60a Kings Road, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1HR
Family flowers only. Donations in lieu for the Swanage Pier Trust.
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Johan, Juliette, Naomi, Hannah and Joshua
Our sincerest condolences with the passing of Bill to Penny, Danny and Stephen. Our love and prayers are with you all.
Angela, Adrian, Rosanna, Julia, Caroline and Jessica
Very sad to hear the news of Bill's passing and our condolences to Penny, Danny and Stephen.
We are all very glad to have know Bill.
Ashley, Zena, Anna, Matthew, Nanny and families
Dear Bill was a valued and close friend to many of us. Kate and I first met him 40 or so years ago at Ealing Squash Club where a close group of friends had some memorable sporting and social evenings through the Middlesex Leagues! Fundamentally Bill was a decent, big hearted, personable, sociable and witty friend who was invariably wonderful company. A good sportsman---originally I believe a useful goalie ---but squash and tennis were his successful longstanding sports. Golf engaged his interest in latter years---and some memorable trips we took to France stand out. He loved coarse fishing---having taken it up again recently---I do so regret I was never able to join him. I am already missing Bill phoning me about the score of Wasps and Blackpool games as well as QPR of course. How he ever got his big frame into QPR seats to watch Wasps I will never know! Many of us wondered---and still do!---how he hauled that large body over the London marathon course---in 1983 a small group of us successfully completed it. Bill had his own way of training and clothing/shoes ---a tad unconventional!--- completing it was a major achievement—of course he raised a good deal of money for charity so was never going to fail!
Bill became a marvellous, thorough and painstaking decorator and many of us were fortunate to have Bill paint our houses---he was meticulous and often used to ring me at work to ask---‘what shall we do about this problem’---it had to be ‘right’! Bill was a very generous and warm man which explains all the voluntary work he did in the Swanage area over the last few years. A good illustration of his generous spirit was when our house in Vale Lane was flooded and Bill immediately went to help Matthew our son---sort out the chaos---Kate and I were far away in Sedbergh. Once we had travelled back all was back to rights and he enjoyed telling us that ‘I found your old family bible very good for soaking up the moisture’!---it was a rather special and old bible---typical Sitton wit!?...a constant but gentle jibe at me was----‘the trouble with you is that you just have too many …ologies!!?’---always a witty, light touch!
Bill was liked by so many people---For instance Nanny my mother in law now living in southern France---was very upset when I told her the recent news---for a while Bill stayed with her and they were close---many of us were!---not least all our wives and partners who loved him being around---well you know what I mean!
It is important to say that Bill was so proud of his boys and their families.
We send our sincere condolences and love to Danny, Steve, Penny and families.
From: Ashley, Zena, Anna, Matthew, Nanny and families
Sad Passing of My Old Friend Bill RIP
Fond Memories of One of " Life's Characters " Farewell Old Friend.
My Condolences To All the Sitton Family
So sad having known Bill since meeting at Ealing Squash club in the 70's; though since he was such a large personality, it feels I've known him forever. As they say the memories last forever, some sad, some hilarious. He will be fondly remembered.
My condolences to all his family and friends.