MR Allan Rushby, of Barrowby Gate, Grantham, has died in Grantham Hospital. He was 77.
Mr Rushby was born in Pacys Court, Newark, Nottinghamshire, in September 1934. He attended schools in Newark and Farndon.
In 1956 he married Judith and they had four children and later five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In his earlier days he served in the Second Battalion Grenadier Guards, and was hugely proud of the fact he was part of the pageantry of the Queen’s coronation, and was on duty in The Mall in full dress uniform on that day.
During his working life he was employed at Ransome and Marles ball bearing company; British Rail; British Gypsum and Daloon’s, Newark. He took early retirement in 1994 due to ill health.
In 2000 he and his wife moved to Grantham.
Mr Rushby was very interested in wildlife. In his younger days he used to attend cycle races and used to race all over the country.
His main hobby was history and he did a lot of work with Nottingham University and Trent and Peak archaeology groups. His main interest was the Saxons and he researched the history of many churches and cathedrals, particulary Ely, and some monastries. He was a founder member of Farndon History Group.
Mr Rushby was a keen gardener. He also enjoyed holidays with his wife, particularly to Scotland and Devon.
He had a great affinity with people and consequently forged many wonderful friendships. He was a real people person.
His other interests were classical music and opera.
The Rev Peter Hopkins conducted the funeral service at All Saints Church, Barrowby. Cremation followed.
Family mourners included: Judith Rushby, Stephen Rushby, Susan and Nigel Toms, Jill and Simon Derby, Charlotte and Nicola Toms, Ian Hudson, Claire Wainwright, Fraser Parnell, Gillian and Matt Flemming, Ivan Clarke, Lynne and Bruce Applegarth, Scott and Frazer Applegarth and Clive Hamilton.
Other mourners included: Gloria Rowarth, Neil and Diane Strickson, Margaret and Ann Johnson, Dennis and Elsie Cowen, Dr Davies and Philamena Davies, Michael Harbron, Daphne and Derek Miles, John and Susan Ball, Gwen and Len Whitaker, Peter North, Robert Unwin, Paul Barratt, John Unwin, Chris Marshall, Judith and Barry Derby, Judy Issott and Mandy Boby, Emma Durham, Roy Ingamells, Mary and Alan Mallatratt, Olive Spicer, Gwen Balchin, Helen Orbell, Richard Clayfield, Maureen O’Sullivan, Norah Leeson, Francis Smith, Jenny Dyer, Sheila Marshall, Margaret and Ken Boutell, Vivien Mann, Vicky Rowney, Margaret and Bruce Allan, Skippy, Graham Pointin, Clive Walker, Tony Jarman, John Prenderville, Dennis and Pearl Church, Anne and Steve Taylor, Betty and Les Hodson, Elaine and Gerry Margiotta and Richard and Barbara Eteo.
Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.
Donations were received for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.