Over the last 5 years Guy bravely fought prostate cancer and finally lost his battle on 29 March 2011. The following is a precis of the tribute from Eric Dore at Guy’s funeral.
Graduating from Art School Guy joined Metal Box where he worked for 32 years - He was a designer, a problem solver. I wonder how many of us realise we have probably owned ‘a Dexter’? Packaging in all shapes and sizes was Guy’s world. Talcum powder, spray deodorant, cleaning products, foodstuffs. You name it, he had a hand in it. Guy had a clever ingenious mind for making things to put other things into. But there was much more to Guy than just packaging, and I want to thank those friends who knew other sides of Guy and have written and told me of his companionship and achievements. Of his pleasure with friends at the Comrades Club and how three particular ‘comrades’ stayed on, visiting him regularly in hospital- and even ‘escaping with him’ to watch the England v Italy Rugby on TV.
Talking of sport leads me on to Guy’s great passion – Cricket, at which he excelled. He earned a player’s membership of the MCC, and represented them on a number of occasions at home and abroad. A masterful batsman and a fiendish leg spin bowler, he played at the top level of club cricket into his 70th year. Then in later years there was Golf. He joined the Springs, which further widened his circle of friends inside and outside Brightwell, many of whom are here today.
And so we come back to the village- somewhere dear to his heart. As a family, the Dexters (Guy and Gill with their three daughters, Andrea, Elaine and Michelle) moved to White Cottage in 1979 and as he said, it was the time he felt life started. He had great pride in the community, their circle of friends, the early days of the community association - and he brought a fine voice to Trial by Jury, an early village triumph - with a great after the show party at their home where we all sang it again and again in the kitchen. In 1994 they moved to Nettlebed to run a cattery, but we got them back- right into the heart of Church Lane.
During Guy’s illness he saw many milestones including the birth of two grandchildren, he was a doting grandpa to Logan, Edie, Emily and Beth. He was also very proud to be able to walk his daughter, Michelle, down the isle just months before he passed.
Note of Thanks
I would like to thank everyone for all the love and support we have received during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed.
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