Popular egg supplier who worked for three generations of one family

Date: Monday 3rd September 2018

EGG supplier Colin Carruthers, who had delivered produce to people’s homes since the 1970s, has died.

Colin, who continued working until Christmas despite his health deteriorating five years ago, was 76.

Born at Mungrisdale to Jerry and Nora, his father died when he was just three years old. He attended Mungrisdale School and upon completing his schooling began working on local farms.

In 1963, he took a job at Braithwaite Hall, Ivegill, and became manager of the Farrer family’s poultry operation in 1970. He and his wife, Dorothy, whom he married in 1963, used to sort and grade all the eggs each morning before they were sent off for packing.

Colin built up the delivery side of the business for which he eventually became best known.

He worked for three generations of the Farrer family — his original boss John, his daughter, Jean Couzens, and then John’s grandchildren, Mike Couzens and Sue Dixon.

Equally, he supplied eggs to three generations of one family until he gave up the business at Christmas. Scores of his customers attended his funeral at St Andrew’s Church, Penrith, on Tuesday or have sent messages of condolence to Dorothy.

The couple had two sons, Andrew and Adrian, the latter of whom helped with deliveries in recent months until he was unable to continue.

During the 1970s, when the boys were young, Colin became involved in their local football team at Greystoke as a referee. He also drove part-time for Titterington’s Coaches, doing holiday pickups and school runs, working around his hours on the poultry farm.

He and Dorothy used to enjoy taking holidays with Titterington’s and other coach companies and visited places from Scotland to the South Coast. They also enjoyed dancing and regularly attended old-time and modern sequence dancing at Penrith’s Conservative Club on Sunday nights.

The couple moved to Penrith in 2004.

Colin is survived by his wife, Dorothy, children Andrew and Adrian, a stepsister in South Africa and three grandchildren.