Tributes for tractor death businesswoman

Joseph Bulmer

Barnstaple business people pay tribute to “fantastic” Faye Stockwell, who lost her life when her vintage tractor overturned.

THE Barnstaple business community has been paying tribute to friend and colleague Faye Stockwell following her sudden death last week.

Faye, aged 34, was driving a Massey Ferguson tractor when the incident happened on North Buckland Hill near Braunton on Sunday, October 2 as she and her mother Kathy returned from South Molton Vintage Rally Club’s annual autumn tractor run.

The tragedy has devastated her family and shocked many in the business community who she dealt with as managing director of Neon Print at the Old Ice Factory in Barnstaple.

Her funeral will be taking place at Barnstaple Crematorium next Thursday (October 20) at 2pm.

“Faye will be sorely missed by a lot of the business community,” said Andy Marshall of OPT Computers in the town.

“She provided an excellent service and always had five minutes to spare for a chat. She became a friend, it was not just business and at 34 it’s just a shock.”

Kevin Bere, of Eclipse Financial Solutions in Boutport Street added: “As a business that dealt with Faye for many years we offer our condolences to her family, wish them well and think of them at a very difficult time.

“She was a fantastic person – I dealt with Faye for many years and it’s a sad end to what was a very young life.”

Faye was born and bred in Braunton and attended Braunton School. She recently moved back to the village after living in Barnstaple for several years.

She was not married and did not have any children, but she was a keen horsewoman who doted on her three horses.

In a statement her family said Faye was “the most amazing, kind hearted and gentle woman that ever lived. Her family are deeply shocked and left totally devastated by her passing.

“We ask that we be left alone in peace to grieve and come to terms with our terrible loss as a family.”