Michael Gregson Mickle Vale Warcop, died peacefully at his home on Friday 1st August aged 79 years after a long illness bravely borne. Michael was dearly loved by his family, and was respected by many for his collection of artefacts and memorabilia built up over his lifetime. Michael was always willing to help anyone in their genealogical research, including all the Bardgetts’ family worldwide. Having organised a reunion in Penrith, he was invited to one in Seattle.
Michael was the only son of Thomas and Violet Gregson of Shoregill House Warcop, who owned and ran the Village Grocery store, Michael was 4th generation in the business, followed by his son David. Michael attended the village school, then Greggs school in Carlisle for business studies.
Two year National service in the army pay corps allowed Michael to meet and become life long friends with John Riches from Essex, who has made regular visits to the village over 60 years. Michael attended the Pay Corps reunions in Birmingham for many years.
Michael married Valerie July 1959 and they recently celebrated their Emerald Wedding Anniversary.
Valerie was born in Kirkby Stephen above the family grocery business now the Spar convenience store, which David now runs.
Michael worked all his life in the village store, saying his only job interview (at 63 years old) was to become postmaster, when the post office moved into the store. 1974 Michael joined the Spar group and converted the shop into a convenience format, but with failing health Michael let the shop for a couple of years, sadly it closed in 2007 an asset to the village still missed today by those who used it. Michael was on all the village committees for many years, Parish, Church, Rushbearing, Reading room as well as being a church warden, he was a member of railway societies Warcop and Kirkby Stephen, Upper Eden History Society and many more. When he was able, Michael enjoyed walking with a penrith group who regularly walked in the upper Eden.
Valerie and David would like to thank all at Appleby and Upper Eden Medical centres, Consultants at Carlisle Infirmary, the staff at CDU Penrith hospital, Hospice at Home and especially Val Ewin who Michael found so caring and who made life enjoyable to the end.
Michael is survived by his wife Valerie, three sons Andrew, David and Stephen, daughter in laws Anne and Jenny grandchildren Mark, Daniel, Tess and Scott