IT'S THE end of an era for Stone, with the death of one of the town's oldest residents and stalwart of the local community.
The funeral was held last Friday for Charles Vincent Tatton, who died earlier this month at the age of 102, a few weeks after suffering a fall.
Mr Tatton - known as Uncle Vin to his family - was treasurer and clerk to Stone's Common Plot for over 30 years, finally retiring in 2002 - at the age of 90.
He was also a co-founder of the town's Probus Club, the senior branch of the Rotary Club. And he was also well known to local residents as manager of Stone's branch of Barclays Bank for over a decade. Cont'd on page 5.
Longton born, Mr Tatton and his wife Jessie, who died in 1988, moved to Stone in the early 1960s and built a house in Mount Avenue. He later moved to a sheltered housing flat in Summerfield Court.
The couple had no children, but his niece Barbara Green, of Navigation Loop, said Uncle Vin was very popular with his nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren.
"He was a great conversationalist - in fact you sometimes struggled to get a word in edgeways," Mrs Green said.
"He had an opinion on everything, but there was a gentle side to him too - he was like a father or grandfather to the whole family.
"He was very intelligent and well-read and loved books and music.
"He served in India during the Second World War and reached the rank of acting Major, but he made light of his experiences and said other people had a much worse time of it."
The trustees of the Common Plot are now planing to
dedicate one of the trees being planted on the land in Mr Tatton's memory.
Chairman of trustees Peter Hamilton described him as "a wonderful servant to the community of Stone".
And friends Peter and Valerie Roycroft, of Manor Farm, who got to know Mr Tatton through his work for the Common Plot, recalled him always setting a standard for being smartly turned out.
"He was always so smart, with a rose in his buttonhole every day," they wrote in a sympathy card to Mrs Green.