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John Fenton Rutter and his wife Norah Valora Rutter died just days apart

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: September 02, 2014

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The funeral service was held at St Peter and St Paul's Church, Wincanton, Somerset, last month or John Fenton Rutter and his wife Norah Valora Rutter after the couple died with days of each other.

Fenton Rutter passed away on July 13, aged 92, followed four days later by his beloved wife Norah Rutter aged 88.

Fenton was a fifth generation solicitor practising in Wincanton, a past president of the Somerset Law Society and County Coroner for 33 years. Fenton was born on February 16, 1922 to parents John and Christine Rutter one of four children.

Norah was born on December 24, 1925 to parents the Reverend Walker and Sophie Walker.

Fenton and Norah met at a party near Shaftesbury and were married in Marnhull Church in 1948. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on June 5 this year having had two sons, Kelvin and Charles.

Fenton was educated at Millfield School and Jesus College Cambridge where he won the mile race for Cambridge against Oxford. After the Second World War broke out, Fenton joined the Royal Navy and in 1944 was in charge of landing craft at Omaha Beach, Normandy.

In 1945 he went out to the Far East and commanded a beach landing party, which during 1945 carried out the initial landings in the dock area of Surabaya Java at the time of the Indonesian confrontation.

Fenton was well known in sporting circles, playing cricket at Castle Cary and Mere, squash in the county leagues and in his later years bridge to a high standard at Sherborne and Shaftesbury Bridge Club.

Throughout their married life Fenton had the unfailing support of Norah who was always so elegant, gracious, kind and gentle. Norah was very active in the Women's Institute, a past president of the Mere Historical Society and editor of The History of Mere.

Fenton and Norah will be sadly missed by their sons and grandchildren and all the family, colleagues, staff and many friends.

The Reverend Nigel Feaver and the Reverend Canon Alan Watson conducted the funeral service on Thursday, August 7, fand the organist was Mr John Beaven. Trumpeter Mr Harry Mills played The Last Post and Reveille. Mr Charles Rutter gave the tribute.

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