Sudden death of man whose main passion was his family

Date: Monday 12th March 2018
Gordon Shuttleworth
Gordon Shuttleworth

THE family of Gordon Shuttleworth were left shocked and saddened by his sudden death at the age of 40.

The Appleby-born groundsworker lived in Penrith with his wife Sue and their three children, Joshua, Holli and Sam.

The son of George and Shirley Shuttleworth, who still live in Appleby, he attended the town’s primary school, where he rarely left his sister Fay’s side. He then went on to Appleby Grammar School and got his first job at the town swimming pool, covering and uncovering the pool before and after school.

When he left school, he began working as a milker on Messrs Warburton’s farm at Colby, having developed a love of farming as a child, when he used to go and help out on the Ewbanks’ farm down the road from the family home. He also did some drystone walling for a while, but his passion was groundswork. He worked for the Grants, T. A. Hodgson and the Mallinsons over various periods, and also ran his own groundworks company for a while, working with his father, which he loved.

However, his main passion in life was his family. He met Sue in 2002 and they were married at the Roundthorn Hotel, Penrith, two years later, and settled in Penrith.

A man who could turn his hand to anything, Gordon was a fan of knocking down walls in their various homes and always liked to install a real open fire.

A talented sportsman in his teens and 20s, he began running when he was still at primary school and ran for the county, often winning even when he was given a handicap. He was a good swimmer, played football until he was in his late teens and cricket until he was in his 20s. He also played rugby for Upper Eden for a short time. As a fan, he was a keen supporter of Manchester United Football Club. He also had a love of cars.

A shy but sociable man, he had many friends.

He is survived by his wife Sue and their three children, his parents George and Shirley, his sister Fay and her children Andrew and James.