Denis Cavill, ‘a true carnivalite’, dies aged 94

THE Bridgwater Carnival community has lost one of its greatest servants.

Denis Cavill, who was 94, died on May 29.

Mr Cavill was well-known across Bridgwater but mainly for his work with the carnival.

In 1936, he fell in love with carnival on The Hope Inn Carnival Club float and went on to stand as captain, chairman and finally president when the club became the Crusaders CC.

In 1972, Mr Cavill joined the Bridgwater Carnival Committee, becoming catering officer, chairman, president and concert box office manager.

Mike Crocker, Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival president, said: “Denis was a true carnivalite, but more than that, a good friend and true gentleman.”

Mr Cavill was also a keen sportsman. He played cricket for Bridgwater and was a founder member and captain of the Bridgwater Wayfarers, and more recently, the Bridgwater Dragons.

He played for Bridgwater and Albion’s United team and joined the first supporters club when it formed in 1951, acting as treasurer for a number of years. He continued watching Albion’s home fixtures right up to the lockdown.

Mr Cavill was also an accomplished league skittles and snooker player.

In 1985, he took up bowls at Eastover Park Bowling Club, and became club captain, chairman, treasurer and life member. He finally retired as a player when he was 89.

The bowling club has been flying its flag at half mast since they heard Mr Cavill had passed away.

Alongside Joyce, his late wife, Mr Cavill organised the old time music hall shows at the town hill, and raised funds for The Hope Inn and Vagabonds Carnival Clubs.

Mr Cavill leaves behind his daughter Julia, her partner Richard, and two granddaughters, Jessica and Stephanie.

His family said: “He will be missed by all of his family and friends, who were incredibly proud and grateful to have known him.”

His funeral is being held at St Mary’s Church in Bridgwater on June 21 at mid-day.

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