Tributes have been paid to a well-known and respected former Special Assistant Commandant for Warwickshire Police who died recently aged 88.
Newbold man Bill Masters earned the title ‘gentle giant’ and ‘true gentleman’ for his unstinting commitment to voluntary work in the community.
He grew up in North Kilworth where he met his sweetheart Enid and was enlisted into the Grenadier Guards in 1945 where he spent three years in the Army. Bill and Enid married and spent all of their married life in Newbold.
Bill joined Armstrong Siddeley in Coventry as an engine test inspector where he worked for 39 years.
He joined the Special Constabulary in 1959 where he eventually became Assistant Commandant for Warwickshire.
A career highlight was being on duty for the Rolling Stones concert at the Granada Theatre in Rugby in 1964.
Bill was a keen bowler playing for the police team, British Rail Bowls Club and Rugby Bowls Club and was president there in 1987 when the existing clubhouse was opened by the then Mayor of Rugby.
In 1990, he joined the Newbold branch of the Royal British Legion, although he had already been a member of the RBL for many years. He served a spell of president and was to undertake the role of poppy organiser raising thousands of pounds. This was to earn him not only the Poppy Appeal Fund’s 20 year badge but also the Royal British Legion’s Gold Badge.
In 2002 Bill was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the then mayor for his commitment to the community and his time spent in the service of others, but four years later his work for the Poppy Appeal Fund was recognized by an invitation to tea with the Queen at a Buckingham Palace Garden Party.
Bill enjoyed watching cricket, football, motor racing and horse racing as well as spending time in the garden.
He leaves wife Enid, two sons David and Mick, a daughter Linda, seven grandchildren and a great grandchild.
His funeral is due to take place on Wednesday, April 29, at St Botolph’s Church, Newbold, 2pm.