MR Alan Preston Watchorn, has died in Beauvale Nursing Home, Bingham. He was 86.
Born in 1925, he lived in Plungar. During his early years he spent some time living with the Minkley family and became a lifelong friend of Dennis Minkley.
He attended Bottesford School and left at the age of 14.
His first job after school was on George Wilkinson’s farm in Sutton cum Granby, where he learned how to care for livestock, milk cows and work with horses. Also working on the farm was Laurie Johnson, and he too became a lifelong friend.
In 1946 he moved to work on Joe Wilkinson’s farm, still in Sutton cum Granby, and then he worked for Mrs Lewis at Plungar, looking after a heard of pedigree cows and arable land. He continued to work on the same farm for Peter Marshall.
In 1952 he married Sheila and they lived in Plungar. In 1954 their son David was born and the family moved to Granby. Sadly David died of meningitis in 1967, aged 13.
Eventually Mr Watchorn left farm work and went to work at Watson’s Cheese Dairy in Harby. From there he went to Blue Circle Cement at Barnstone and Kilvington, where he was promoted to shift foreman.
After retirement he became a keen gardener and he also looked after other people’s gardens in the village and beyond.
After mobility problems he and Sheila moved to a bungalow in Bottesford, making new friends and neighbours attending the Forget-me-Not Club and bingo and also enjoying coffee mornings at the Baptist Chapel.
When his wife’s health deteriorated he looked after her until he too was taken ill and she moved into Beauvale Nursing Home and he joined her there.
A committal service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, followed by a service at St Mary’s Church, Bottesford, conducted by Judith Wells.
Family mourners included: Richard and Julia Watchorn, Marilyn and Eric Ansty and James and Freddie Watchorn.
Other mourners included: Jean Culpin, Roger and Maureen Wilkinson, Mark and Pamela Harrison, Andrew Wilkinson, Jennifer Machin, Norman Wilkinson, Neville Hopewell, Mary Moulds, Margaret Waudby, Herbert Plummer, Mike and Sheila Waring, Claude and Margaret Watchorn, Don Watchorn, Edna Snowden, Mr J. K. Cocksworth, Alan Gough, D. Welbourn, Frank and Jean Moulds, Steve and Mary Morley, Mrs G. Farmer, Lorraine Hockings, William Cook, George and Rose Greenhalgh, Robert H. Brown, Dennis and Joan Kirk, Pauline Taylor, Mr and Mrs Sansome, Iris Miller and family, Ann Coy, Andrew and Linda Kemp, Ann and Peter Cordery, Mary and John Dewey, Janet Rea, Jane and Mark Tubbs, Arthur Gamble, Paul Willcock and D. Collett.
Funeral arrangements were by William Roberts and Sons, Devon Lane, Bottesford.
Donations for Dove Cottage Day Hospice amount to £145.50 to date.