|The funeral service has
taken place at the Trelawny Chapel, Penmount, Truro, of Jim
Sedgemore, who passed away peacefully at home in Devoran, at the age
of 76. The service was conducted by the Reverend Derek Carrivick.
Jim was born in Redruth in March 1934, son of Ivy and Fred and brother of Violet and Angela. He attended Barncoose Primary School and Pool Secondary School. After leaving school he started work at South Crofty Mine hoping to become a Carpenter but instead found himself training with the Electricians.
His first spell of work at South Crofty finished in 1952 when Jim did his National Service and served his time in the Middle East for 2 years. Upon returning to Cornwall he joined SWEB with whom he worked for the next 12 years.
At the age of 32 he returned to South Crofty and remained there for almost all of his working life. He loved his time there, made many long lasting friendships and never forgot the camaraderie of his work mates.
He had 3 children, Gerald, Carol and Susan. He loved them all very much and remained in contact with them.
From 1970 Jim became a great friend of the Sweet family from Devoran and when he moved to Devoran he was able to indulge his lifelong interest in boats and carpentry. He spent many happy hours with Jo Sweet’s father, Arthur George, in his workshop at Carnon Mine. More recently, he helped Ralph Bird in his construction of gigs. Jim liked nothing better than leaving on the first morning tide in his boat where he felt at one with God.
Jim and Jo had been living together since 1984 and in 2003 they married and continued their wonderful partnership, much to the delight of friends and family. Jo’s children, Jem, Jon and Samantha and their children all thought the world of Jim. He enjoyed a special bond with Samantha’s daughters, Katherine and Hannah, who spoke movingly at the funeral service about what their Pap meant to them. Indeed, everyone with whom he came into contact spoke highly of him and valued his friendship.
He was a very fit and healthy man until his diagnosis in 2007. Despite this, he continued to enjoy life with Jo, who cared for him lovingly throughout his illness. He maintained his wide range of interests. These interests were not confined to practical issues; Jim also loved reading and particularly enjoyed the work of the First World War poets. He also loved nature and had a great knowledge of gardening and the countryside. He especially enjoyed his visits to the Gardens of Heligan and places of local interest.
Although he continued to enjoy life he missed his regular dancing and walking with Jo. Nevertheless, he fought his illness relentlessly with quiet dignity and always in good spirits, often more concerned about others; this was typical of Jim’s caring and generous nature and attitude. Throughout, Jim never lost his familiar smile nor his sense of humour.
Chief family mourners: Jo, wife, and her family; Jem and Chris, Jon, Samantha and Robert, Katherine and Hannah, Nicola and Ben, Lynn and Peter, Simon and Rebecca, Claire and Elvin. Jim’s family; Gerald, Carol, Susan and Karl, Lauren, Emma and Luke. Violet, Angela and Cliff, Simon, Lisa and Emma.
Funeral Directors: Morley Penrose, Devoran. Donations were for Cancer Research UK.