TRIBUTES have been paid to a well-know Grantham man who has died aged 46.
Graham Herbert, better know to friends as “Rhino”, was a joiner with a “wicked sense of humour”, his family said this week.
A former cyclist with the Witham Wheelers and a keen footballer and supporter of Tottenham Hotspur, Graham was a regular fixture at the Nobody Inn pub in Union Street where he had many friends.
His sister, Tracey Simons of Redcross Street, said: “The Nobody Inn was his office - that’s what he always used to call it.
“If you ever wanted to get hold of him you’d try the pub before you rang his mobile.”
Graham, who lived in York Way, Grantham, ran two football teams, which he named after himself - “GH6” and a team of youngsters called “GH6 Reserves”.
Both teams won numerous six-a-side trophies.
One of his players, Gavin Birch, said: “It was an honour to win it for him.”
His work as a joiner once saw him build a trophy cabinet for Kevin Keegan.
Tracey said: “He also did the bar at Stoke Rochford Golf Club. Everyone who saw it said the craftsmanship was brilliant.
“He was very good at what he did...it was just the case that he’s rather be in the Nobods!”
But he will be best remembered by family and friends for his dry sense of humour.
Sister, Alison Short, said: “He used to rip into everybody but nobody could ever take offence because there was never any malice.
“He was always there for everyone else. He kept his own problems to himself but was always busy making sure everybody else was okay.”
As for the nickname, even his family are unsure on its origins.
Tracey said: “We have no idea where Rhino came from. Maybe it’s because he was so thick-skinned.
“When he was little he was called “Diddy” because he was diddy but then he blossomed.”
Graham Herbert died on June 26 as a result of kidney failure. He leaves mum, Dot Herbert, sisters Tracey, Alison and Maxine, his son Dominic, granddaughter Brooke and seven nieces and nephews.
His funeral will be held at Grantham Crematorium on Thursday, July 12 at 2pm.