TRIBUTES have been paid to well-known Grantham entrepreneur Allan Burrows, who died on Sunday aged 81.
Mr Burrows, founder of Lindpet Properties, leaves his wife Evelyn, daughter Linda, son Peter and grandchildren William, Emma, Joshua, George and Charlie.
Born in Great Ponton in 1930, Mr Burrows was brought up by his uncle, William Townsend, and attended the village school in Great Ponton, followed by the Central School.
After leaving school he served in the RAF, before returning to Grantham and going into business with his uncle as a painter and decorator.
Under Mr Burrows’ leadership the business flourished, eventually employing around 40 people.
While running the painting and decorating business, he started taking on contract building work.
Building became the larger part of the business and from the early ’70s he began developing a property portfolio of his own.
During his career as a property developer he was a co-founder of the Autumn Park industrial estate in Dysart Road and restored the Old Malthouse in Wharf Road.
His companies now own properties all over the East Midlands. In Grantham, they include Lindpet House and Eden Wine Bar in Market Place, The King’s Walk development off Westgate and the Priory in Union Street.
Despite reaching the age of 81, he remained actively involved in the business and had no plans to retire.
His son Peter said: “Despite growing the business he was always very humble. I’m sure anybody would say that about him.
“He had a wonderful way of talking to people in that when people met him they instantly took to him. He had a wonderful manner.
“He was very supportive, always there and very reliable.”
Mr Burrows married Evelyn in 1955 and the couple lived in Carlton Scroop for 40 years.
He was a devoted family man and had a great love of his home in the village.
Mrs Burrows said: “He was never happier than when he was with his family.”
Daughter Linda Lukies said: “He was a great family man - the family was foremost in his life.
“I think the biggest thing about Father was that he could talk to anybody. He made time to talk to people whoever they were.
“It took us ages to walk down the High Street in Grantham because he knew so many people.”
Mr Burrows died in William Harvey Hospital, Kent, on Sunday. He had been taken ill two weeks earlier while on a cruise around the British Isles.
Grandson William said: “He was like an old fashioned patriarch of the family. He was heavily involved in the day-to-day lives of all of us. He gave us sage advice constantly.”
l Mr Burrows’ funeral takes place at Carlton Scroop Church at 11am on Tuesday, October 25.
Family flowers only. Donations for the Seventh Day Adventist Church are being accepted by Robert Holland Funeral Director, 14 St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.