Whitewood Family Fund

Whitewood Family Fund

A family fund helping young people through sport

This fund has been set up to support the development of disadvantaged young people through sport and other activities and is dedicated to the memory of Ruth and Arthur Whitewood.

Arthur Frank Whitewood

16th July 1923 – 29th July 2012

Arthur Whitewood was born in London and educated at Dulwich College. In 1942, during WW2, he volunteered and served in the Navy in combined operations and took part in the landings in North Africa (where his ship HMS Karanja was sunk), Sicily and the South of France.

After the war he moved to the Midlands where he played tennis for Nottinghamshire (1946-50). It was at this time that he met his beloved Ruth. He joined Pretty Polly (hosiery manufacturers) in 1951 and after a very successful career he retired as Group Sales Director in 1984.

Arthur and Ruth celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on July 22nd 2012.

Arthur died peacefully on 29th July 2012, aged 89, at Elm View Nursing Home, Clevedon, Somerset. He was a much loved and devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Ruth Budgett Whitewood

12th January 1923 – 7th July 2020

Ruth Warrell was born in Iscoyd, near Whitchurch, in Shropshire and was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Mansfield. She spent her teenage years in Mansfield and married Arthur Whitewood on July 22nd, 1949.

The couple had two sons, Tim (born 1952) and John (born 1956) and then five grandchildren. Ruth devoted her time to the family. She was also extremely well read and remained an avid reader of both fact and fiction throughout her life.

Ruth and Arthur lived at 301 Berry Hill Lane, Mansfield for nearly 50 years before moving to Clevedon in Somerset.

After Arthur’s death Ruth lived happily for a further eight years at the Hawthorns in Clevedon and became a great grandmother of three. Poignantly, two of the great grandchildren Kit (born October 2019) and Felicity (born December 2019) bear the middle names Arthur and Ruth.

Ruth died after a short illness at the Hawthorns, Clevedon, Somerset. She was a much loved and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to many.


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