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Village near Stafford mourns a true gentleman

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

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A RESPECTED community stalwart, who died after a car crash in his home village, has been described as “an old fashioned gentleman”.

Charles William Blagg, better known to many as Mick, was awarded the MBE for his public service and had served in the Burma campaign during the Second World War, as a Battery Commander with 139 (Army) Field Regiment and (14th Army Captain)

But on Monday he passed away, aged 94, after his silver Jaguar hit a house in The Green, Brocton, close to his Milford Road home, at around 11am.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said he had suffered a cardiac arrest. Despite the best efforts of paramedics they were unable to save him.

The Green was closed for the rest of the day while police investigated the scene. Any witnesses to the collision are urged to call police on 101, quoting incident of February 17.

Mr Blagg’s son, Chris, told the Newsletter his father was “wonderful, a real old fashioned gentleman.

“He was very keen on bridge and golf and used to sail. He would do The Times crossword every day.

“He was a past president of Brocton Hall Golf Club and a past president of Stafford Round Table, as well as chairman and founder of Stafford’s 41 Club (a senior Round Table section).”

The Basford-born grandfather of six is also survived by son Chris, daughters Jenny and Miranda, known as Mirry, and wife June, who he married in 1949. The family moved to the Stafford area in the 1950s.

He was schooled at Staffordshire County Grammar School in Wolstanton and shortly after the Second World War ended he worked at the War Office in London.

He spent most of his working life as a chartered accountant however, as a partner of what is now known as Dean Statham of Stafford and Newcastle under Lyme, joining in 1953 and retiring in 1984. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Accountants, a Fellow Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor (Fellow), as well as a past president of North Staffs Society of Chartered Accountants

He was a member of Staffordshire Playing Fields Association for more than 50 years, and held the positions of vice chairman, past chairman and treasurer. Other organisations he was involved in included Stafford Railway Building Society, where he was joint secretary, and Stafford Chamber of Trade, where he was secretary.

Stafford Borough Council leader Mike Heenan, who knew Mr Blagg for many years, also paid tribute.

“He was a very highly regarded accountant and a gentleman. He was a very pleasant person and also very bright.

“He was very active in the town in which he practised and kept up his interests in many of those activities.”

Mr Blagg’s memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Church, Baswich, at 11am on Wednesday. Family flowers only, but donations will be accepted in aid of Katharine House Hospice. All enquiries to William Emery and Sons on 01785 251205.

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