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Thursday, 28 August 2014

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Tributes paid to engineer and Lakes character

TRIBUTES have been paid to a well- known Lakeland character who was part of the famous Swallows and Amazons legacy.

Dickie Ransome, the cousin of the globally-revered children’s author Arthur Ransome, died at Furness General Hospital in the early hours of Saturday.

The 70-year-old lifelong Torver resident, who still lived in the house in which he had been born in 1943, was the chief engineer on the National Trust’s Steam Yacht Gondola for more than 20 years.

He was also a familiar face in the world of steam having attended rallies with his vintage roller, the Lakeland Princess, since the 1970s, as well as working with the engines at the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.

Bouth resident Alex Sharphouse, of Old Hall Farm, was a friend of Mr Ransome’s and said news of his death would be felt heavily across the area.

“There was only one Dickie Ransome,” he told the Evening Mail.

“He was a fantastic bloke and one of life’s real laughs.

“You would sometimes see him setting off home for bed in the morning having been tinkering with an engine in his barn all night.

“Dick was a character, a gentle giant, who was never down about anything and always keen to help out.

“He will be sorely, sorely missed by anyone who knew him.”

Mr Ransome was a close friend of the late television presenter Fred Dibnah, having discovered their shared passion for steam engines some decades ago.

He was also related to the actress Alex Kingston who referred to him as “Uncle Richard”, Mr Ransome’s wife Susan said.

Describing her husband as “unique”, she added: “He had led a very varied and active life.

“He was always doing something in the barn and was in fact having an old Leyland beer wagon restored so that he could get out to more rallies with it.

“We will miss him dearly.”

Mr Ransome also leaves behind a son, Scott, who lives in Carlisle.

A date is yet to be set for a funeral service.

Have your say

So sorry to read of the passing of Richard. He was a great Friend of mine and of my Family for over 50 Years. His fun and laughter will always be remembered, especially from back in the 60's and the days when he worked for Ribble. Rest in Peace Richard and I will always love and think of you with much affection for all the fun and laughter you brought into our lives xxx

Posted by R. on 5 January 2014 at 02:16

Rest in peace, Mr. Ransome, and may those who loved him find comfort in his memory.

Posted by Sandy on 4 January 2014 at 18:38

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