Obituary PETER LILLEY 09/03/1925 – 06/12/201830/01/2019
Peter died peacefully at home in Sidmouth on the 6th December 2018 following 2/3 years of being unwell. Peter was born on 9th March 1925 at Stoke Newington and grew up in Finchley. He went to boarding school in Hampshire namely Lord Wandsworth College in Long Sutton. After school Peter joined the army, being based in Colchester he joined the Wiltshire infantry. He went to Italy (possibly part of the Italy landings) he was taken seriously ill with dysentery and malaria and was taken to hospital in Cairo to recover. Peter was very reluctant to talk about his experiences in the war but was very keen reading the history of the second world war.
After leaving the army Peter chose the Insurance world as his career working at times away from home. Peter had a close relationship with his mother and family caring for his mother up until her death. Peter was a family man and was always talking about how lucky he was to have a younger brother who was married with children and grandchildren.
I have personally known Peter for the last 50 years and called him a good friend. We met whilst he was working in Dorchester for an insurance broker. We would regularly meet at different pubs in Dorset we could say these meetings might have been the earliest meetings for the 4-cylinder M.G.s as Peter had his 14/40, I had my 14/28 and another good friend of mine came along with his 14/40 special which had a powerful Rover engine in it. This M.G. belonged to Jonny Pearson and he let Peter and myself drive it on several occasions so we could compare its performance with ours. One story Peter always reminded me of, when he was returning from one of these meetings to his digs in Dorchester (Hotel in High Street) he was stopped by a policeman for speeding up the high street in his 14/40 M.G. Peter told him the history of the car and got away without any further action (pre-drink driving days)
Peter enjoyed going to numerous events and rallies with his beloved M.G. and most enjoyed the Bullnose Morris events. We had numerous talks late into the night following several pints of beer and followed by whisky and occasionally cigars where he always talked about his love of his family, vintage cars and his garden at his house in Radlett. He would talk about lost loves and regrets at not being married. When Peter finally decided to sell his M.G., he was happy to sell it to me as he knew I would look after it and it would be driven and used.
Peter’s service was held on the 20th December 2018 at East Devon Crematorium attended by family and friends from the vintage car world. It was a celebration of a life lived by a good and kind man who will be sorely missed by family and many friends.