Lt Col (Retd) Peter Alfred Sweet passed away on 3rd August 2018 after a brief period of illness when the lurking prostate cancer finally took hold.
Sharp minded, with a memory to put most to shame, he remained in good spirits with activities until the close. He had a distinguished service with The Queens at the end of the war, before transferring to the Gunners in 1947. He continued to serve admirably at Larkhill as a Retired Officer in Gunnery Wing.
Concurrently, he was heavily involved in the RAYC, spending many happy days at sea and many more perhaps less enjoyable days in the administration and financial affairs of the club. He was immersed in the RA Race course, being Clerk of the Course for many years, gaining huge pleasure from the people and events held at Larkhill.
He settled in Shrewton in the mid 70s and became President of the Shrewton Silver Band, President of the Shrewton Cricket Club, a key member of the Youth Club and a SPVA visitor to local service personnel for years. He was a devout member of St Mary’s Church, Shrewton as treasurer, church warden, chorister, bell ringer and constant attender for more than 40 years. He was a founder member of the Shrewton Candlemas Charity which he resurrected from nothing to become a thriving charity supporting those in need in the village. He thoroughly deserved the MBE for Community Service to the village in 2012. He was always able to talk to and be interested in all range of folk, young and old, from any background.
He will be sorely missed, not only by his children, Peter, Debs, Tim and Nicky, his 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren but by the villagers of Shrewton and any who were fortunate to know him.