MR Arthur John Sterry, of Alma Park Road, Grantham, has died at home. He was 77.
Born in Corby Glen in 1934, he was the eldest son of Fred and Ida Sterry.
He lived in the grammar school with his younger siblings, Alfred, Rita and Fred and attended the village school. He and his brother Alf were both choir boys at St John’s Church. In 1947 the family moved to RAF Leeming, due to his father’s posting in the RAF.
He settled in Grantham, where he became the father of three children from his first marriage, Dean, Mark and Julie, whom he raised by himself. He later met his partner, Christine, and spent 32 happy years with her and they raised their son James.
At the age of 15 he left school and took an apprenticeship with Copes, as a painter and decorator. On completion of his apprenticeship he undertook National Service.
On returning to civilian life, he and his brother Fred ran a successful painting and decorating firm, Sterry Brothers. For over 40 years they worked in and around Grantham, and it was often rumoured that together they had painted every council house in the area.
Over the years he and his partner have cared for many children and adults with learning difficulties, taking them into their home, helping and supporting them. He and Christine also enjoyed extensive travel, exploring many parts of the world.
Mr Sterry was an avid gardener and took great pleasure in tending his allotment, as well as supporting national athletics and his favourite football team.
The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by Robert Holland.
Family mourners included: Christine Hamilton, Mark Sterry, Dean Sterry, James Hamilton, Rita Lawrence, Lorraine Sterry and Rachel Hamilton.
Other mourners included: Leanne and Roger Croft, Ben Benbow, Katie Orme, Hollie Sterry, Isobella Sterry, Geoff Kirkby, Michael Quinn, Alan Renshaw, Lisa Campion, Bridgette Sterry, Leslie Sterry, Tracey Sterry, Fred Sterry, Tom Grain, John Lawrence, Tim Lawrence, Andy Clark, Chris Parr, Les Rollings, Mr and Mrs M. Wing, Mick Andrews, Jean and Harry Smith, Barry Chapman, Terry Brewin, Mr and Mrs C. Sale, Jessica Hamilton, Richard Sale, Kylie Broadbent, Jonathan Lawrence, Susanne Lawrence, Katherine Sterry, Ryan Atkinson, Jack Sterry, Scott Sterry, Hayley Malpass, Sam Sterry, Mr J. B. Crane, Alan Hodgkinson, Denis Key, Mark Kirby, Linda Jordan, Mr and Mrs Green, Martin Green, Jayne Lewis, Colin and Cyn Rump, Roger Hayes, Julie Harrow, Elizabeth Baker, Sophia Baker, Nick Baker, Alfred Sterry, Andrew Baker, Cathy and Bill Bonshor, Maurice and Brenda Wilson, Charlotte Sterry, Leanne Sterry, Amy Sterry, Sydney Charles, Sydney Charles jun, Diane and Mark Robinson, Peter Fielding, Nev and Adele Hibbitt, Tony Sterry, Michael Dunnings, Michael and Deana Lawrence, Mr and Mrs Money, Mr and Mrs Ivens, Faye Rolt, Charles and Ellis Scoffield, Derek Hill, Laura Kennedy, Julie and John Mills, Gill Mahoney, Daniel Baker and Mick and Pam Whitehead.
Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.
Donations were received for Marie Curie Cancer Care and Cancer Research UK.