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LOL FOSTER

Sadly Lol passed away January 2004 and we all think it was too soon, as he was still as sharp and witty as ever, and still had a lot to offer not only to his family but still as a character of Thrybergh
 The Foster Family

 

Every Village throughout England as a local larrikin, men with a touch of Peter Pan in their spirit, and one has to think of the wonderful character of Compo from the series 'last of the summer wine' when thinking about these men.


    Thrybergh recently suffered the sad loss of such a character and there can't be many people in the area that didn't know local rascal Lol Foster and his dogs.   Unlike Compo from the T/V series there was much more to Lols attributes, he was an original, he didn't need a script, he had his own natural sense of humour. A great humour that was down to earth and knew no boundary's.


    Lol came from darn't backs to a family of eight. They lived on Cross Street better known as the 'Big Yard' , Like all the family he attended Whinney Hill School, and one can only imagine his escapades whilst there, but I think we can all safely assume that Lol would have left his Teachers all the more enlightened for the experience of having him there.

 
    Upon leaving school he started his working life at Silverwood colliery, then at the age of 21 was called up to do his national service. Sent to serve in Germany as a P.E teacher he would write home on postcards, and on one of the postcards he wrote that he had been through the Russian Zone at night and slept in the day. [ Lol in Russia now there is a thought to conjure up a few images. I can just imagine Lol yelling out to the Russians one of his favourite sayings "UP THE YANKS "]. Just for the devil of it.


On being discharged from the Army when his  two year conscription finished Lol returned home and found employment as a bottle blower at Beatson Clarks, so he made the bottles before he drank from them! Later he became a pipe fitter and finished his working life in that trade.
 
    This man loved a debate with anyone who might join in, and would discuss anything from the price of fish to the man on the moon. A man who was open and honest in what he said, so that you knew where you stood with him, like it or not yes meant yes, no meant no. He took a great interest in his surroundings and knew a great deal of history about Thrybergh, he also cared about the community in which he lived.

Lol Foster with Peter Hardy courtesy of Lol Foster FamilyMany people will remember the time when Lol alongside others campaigned to the local M.P Peter Hardy about the living conditions. This occurred when Rotherham Council decided to modernise the houses darn't backs, as work commenced the area became overrun with rats, they were everywhere. The  people really thought that the council were throwing good money after bad, and in their opinion the houses should have really been demolished and new homes re-built.


Thanks to the efforts of the people including Lol a lot of media interest from the press and television news was gained . Peter Hardy the local M. P.  came to see for himself the conditions that these people were living in, and investigate of course the Rats. Eventually thankfully the houses were demolished.


    Many years later in the year 2000 Lol became involved when the people of Thrybergh objected to having  prefabricated hostels being built in Thrybergh to house refugees.  This action was to gain world wide publicity and the people of Thrybergh were accused of being racist, which was total rubbish. The concerns Lol and the community including the parish council had were quite justified, and they felt that the 180 refugees should be spread out within the whole of the Rotherham area not just dumped in one Village in hostels. This would have created a community within a community a situation which when allowed has created major problems worldwide. Thankfully THE TIMES newspaper printed an article on Wednesday 15th March 2000 which put the whole controversy in perspective. Common sense ruled the day and the Hostel plan was dropped.

Lol loved singing and parties, and was at his happiest on the occasions when family and friends would get together.
The sight of Lol and his dogs was a familiar figure in the neighbourhood, where Lol went, so did the dogs, and for most of us that's how we will remember him walking along forever jovial, his jaw stuck out, enjoying life.


    Lol attended many a church meeting at St. Peters Church on Oldgate Lane and I am sure those meetings he attended would have been very much enriched by the liveliness of his presence. He also in later years helped out in the maintenance of the graveyard at St. Leonard's and at Lols funeral the Vicar of St. Leonard's recalled a conversation he had with Lol there in the graveyard. During the course of the conversation the Vicar enquired " Where would you like to be buried Lol ?"The reply came back "On top a thee, cos tha'll go first". The vicar enjoyed the joke and took it in the humorous way it was intended.


    As I said earlier his humour had no boundary's and no one was spared. It was Lols gift to be able to make remarks that most of us would only dream of making. Beneath that humour and the larrikin image was the serious side of this man, the side of his nature that  got him involved in the community.


It is said that you can tell how popular a person  is by the number of people who attend their funeral, the service for Lol at St. Peters Church was needless to say a huge gathering.
If indeed there is a heaven then we can all be certain that Lol is up there having some great debates, and singing in-between.

 

The above has been compiled by the Family of Lol Foster with additional material and editing by John Doxey.
I would like to express my gratitude to the Foster Family for sharing Lols life here on this site
John Doxey.

 

 

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