‘Colourful and bright’ will be the focus of the funeral service for well-known Grantham character Ronnie Ward.
Ronnie’s niece, Tina Barrett, is planning the service for her uncle – although a date cannot be set until a post-mortem examination has been completed.
As reported last week, Ronnie was found dead at his Riverside home last Tuesday by police, after people close to him became concerned that they had not seen him for some time.
It is believed he had passed away several days earlier. Police have confirmed they are not treating his death as suspicious.
Although Mrs Barrett has not seen her uncle since she was a child, she said the news of his death has come as a shock.
Determined that he will have a fitting send-off, she has taken over the funeral arrangements – which are being made through Robert Holland Funeral Directors.
Mrs Barrett, 43, of Great Ponton, said: “He will be having a colourful funeral. Everybody who wants to come is asked to wear bright colours.
“Everybody is welcome to come to the funeral – he was very popular in town and everyone is welcome. He deserves a good send-off, he was a character.”
Ronnie will be buried wearing the colourful mohican headwear he was often seen wearing, along with his sunglasses, chinos, white shirt and waistcoat.
It is hoped his wake will be held at Riverside, the place he called home.
Mrs Barrett has not yet chosen a charity for donations. Aware that Ronnie suffered with heart problems and cancer, she is awiting the result of the post-mortem before deciding which charity to support.
Ronnie leaves three sisters and a number of nieces and nephews.
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** Riverside artist Sean Burke painted this wonderful caricature of Ronnie Ward.