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Salvation Army stalwart Bill dies at the ages of 86

Bill Davies, caricature by Terry Shelbourne

Bill Davies, caricature by Terry Shelbourne

Well-loved Granthamian Bill Davies has died, aged 86.

Bill, of Edward Street, Grantham, died on Friday of cancer. He was well known in town as a long-standing member of the Salvation Army and for winning many trophies and certificates for his chrysanthemums.

Bill was born in Grantham and attended the boys’ Central School. He was a life-long member of the Salvation Army and for many years played the Last Post on Remembrance Day. His parents were also members of the Salvation Army before him. He raised money for Mencap every year with a church service Christmas concert and played in the band.

Bill, who became a great grandfather in February, worked for many years at Aveling Barford in Grantham, starting on the shop floor and working his way up as a draftsman.

He loved his allotment on Somerby Hill and won many trophies for growing chrysanthemums and went on to become a judge. Many members of the allotment society will attend Bill’s funeral service at Finkin Street on January 13.

Bill’s daughter Pamela said: “He was a devout Christian. He would go out of his way for anybody. He was an old-fashioned gentleman.”

Bill could often be seen riding his bike around town while wearing a distinctive yellow helmet. When he could no longer ride, he would wheel it around to help him keep his balance.

 

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