Search

Popular Swafield postie who delivered in Walcott area loses cancer battle

PUBLISHED: 19:24 23 April 2012

Postmen form a guard of honour at Neville Amies' funeral. Picture: MAURICE GRAY

Postmen form a guard of honour at Neville Amies' funeral. Picture: MAURICE GRAY

Archant

A popular postman has died aged 61 after losing a battle with cancer, but not until he made one final delivery - a message to others not to ignore symptoms.

Neville Amies from Swafield took mail to more than 500 homes in the Walcott area, and was well-known as a caring man who checked on the housebound during his rounds.

He lived for his work, was off sick just once in 30 years, and would find any excuse to help out or cover for his colleagues.

Mr Amies was diagnosed with bowel cancer last year and battled for months with the hope of returning to his work, but discovered the disease had spread to his pelvis - and died in the Priscilla Bacon Lodge just a week after his 61st birthday.

While organising his personal matters in hospital he made a plea that “I want people to be aware of what I overlooked”.

Mr Amies urged people to be aware of symptoms and go to see their doctor rather than ignore them.

He lived all his life in Swafield and loved his garden and cats. He started working for North Walsham Steam Laundry at the age of 15, then became an assembly worker at the Crane Fruehauf factory before joining the postal service.

He never married, but was very close to his only brother, John a former champion speedway rider, and his family. Mr Amies helped nurse their mother, who was suffering from dementia, for eight years until her death in 2004.

Mr Amies was buried at St Nicholas Church, Swafield where more than 160 people attended the service and uniformed postal workers formed a guard of honour at the church door.

The coffin was followed by John Amies, his wife Janice, their son Jonathan, daughter-in-law Sarah and nine-month-old grandson Jude. The service was conducted by the Revd Eiler Mellerup.

0 comments

Other news

53 minutes ago

Tom Jones fans spent hours queuing for his show at Holkham Hall after a crash at Fakenham left roads gridlocked.

As schools break up for the summer, we asked readers for their views on the seaside resort...

38 minutes ago

It was a huge weekend for Holkham Hall this weekend as it hosted the extremely popular country fair and a concert by singing legend Tom Jones.

08:00

The headteacher of two Norfolk primary schools has revealed they will ditch homework and instead encourage families to spend quality time together.

Most Read

54 minutes ago

Police were called to Center Parcs in Elveden and hundreds of people told to stay in their lodges after a customer “reported overhearing someone mention a suspect device”.

Read more
Twitter

As schools break up for the summer, we asked readers for their views on the seaside resort...

Read more

It was an emotional week as Peter Dugdale visited his birthplace of Cromer, accompanied by his daughter Jenny.

Read more
53 minutes ago

Tom Jones fans spent hours queuing for his show at Holkham Hall after a crash at Fakenham left roads gridlocked.

Read more
Twitter
Yesterday, 16:17

A Hawaiian-style catamaran, a one-man paddle steamer and a brick-shaped boat manned by lego men were among the crazy craft competing in this year’s Sheringham Carnival raft race.

Read more
Sheringham Primary School

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 14°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Norfolk News e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter