WE have been saddened to learn of the recent passing of both Bert and Mary Barnsley of Cradley Heath.
Bugle readers may recall that the couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last Christmas Day and appeared on the front page of our December 26, 2013, edition.
Bert died on Tuesday, March 18, and Mary passed away exactly one week later, on Tuesday, March 25.
Bert and Mary were born just a few doors away from each other in Peartree Lane, Cradley Heath, and only two days apart in 1923.
They were at married at Holy Trinity Church, Old Hill, on Christmas Day 1943, because that was the only day off Bert could get from his war work at Horseley Bridge and Thomas Piggott in Tipton.
Bert worked on a number of important projects for the war effort, including prototypes for the bouncing bomb, landing craft and scout cars.
After the war Bert became foreman in the construction bay and was involved in numerous large constructions projects like the Dome of Discovery at the 1951 Festival of Britain, Spaghetti Junction and the Sutton Coldfield transmitter tower. He retired in 1985 after 51 years' service with the Tipton engineers.
During the war Mary worked at Lenches in Blackheath, making bolts for Anderson Shelters among other work.
Mary and Bert lived in their home in Codsall Road all their married lives, having moved in shortly after the house was built.
They had no children but a close family of several nephews, nieces and great-nephews and nieces.
Their joint funeral was due to be held on Wednesday, April 9, at Holy Trinity, the church where they were married.
At the wedding in 1943 wartime restrictions meant they were not allowed any bells but a bell will toll for their funeral. Afterwards, interment will be at Powke Lane Cemetery.