Mr B. Manterfield

Obit - Bernard Manterfield
Obit - Bernard Manterfield
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MR Bernard Manterfield, of Granta Crescent, Grantham, has died at home. He was 90.

Born in March 1921, in Victoria Street, Grantham, he was the fifth child of Herbert and Esther Manterfield.

He was married to Peggy and they had one son, John.

In April 1935 he joined Ruston and Hornsby, first as a messenger, then as an apprentice turner in the Tool Room and later as a draughtsman.

During the Second World War he served as a member of the Home Guard, as his skills were needed in the Drawing Office for the war effort. It was during this time that he met Peggy Pullen, who also worked at the factory, as well as serving in the Auxilliary Fire Service. They were married in March 1947, during the worst winter for many years, when snow had brought the town to a standstill. They made their home in Belton Avenue. Later they lived in Granta Crescent.

When Ruston and Hornsby was taken over in 1963 by Alfred Wiseman, his role changed from assistant plant engineer to shop foreman. In 1968 the factory closed and he transferred to the Ruston Gas Turbines works in Lincoln, with responsibilities for personnel and for the decommissioning of the Grantham factory.

In 1972 he was presented with a gold watch when he left the company after 37 years. After a short while with the Ministry of Defence Army Quality Assurance Directorate, he joined Barpak in July 1974, as quality manager, remaining there until his retirement in 1986.

Mr Manterfield had a keen interest in history and he enjoyed travelling in the British Isles and Europe. Family holidays included all parts of the United Kingdom from Lands End to John O’Groats. He maintained his membership of English Heritage and the National Trust and took particular pleasure in visiting Belton House and Gardens.

After retirement he journeyed by car and later by coach in Europe. He drove through France (including a detour to visit a Hornsby steam engine), Spain and Portugal, German and Yugoslavia. He became a member of the Long Bennington Friendship Club.

Mr Manterfield took a keen interest in his family and the achievements of his three grandchildren. He was a man of few regrets, he appreciated his family and friends in the Grantham area and it is with affection and sadness that he is remembered.

The Rev Anne Jablonski conducted the funeral service at Grantham Crematorium Chapel.

Family mourners included: John and Barbara Manterfield, Luke Manterfield, Sarah Manterfield, Richard Manterfield, Lynette and Neil Devlin, Katie Devlin, Christopher Devlin, David and Carol Shufflebotham, June Bennett, Elizabeth Bennett, Ann and Peter Cox, Jacqueline and Billy Clark, Jill O’Neill, Stephanie and Mac Smith, and Joan and Roy Briggs-Price.

Other mourners included: Colin Radford, Pauline Radford, Martin Radford, Ros and David Radford, Heather Harrison, Rosie Harrison, Grace and Ernie Taylor, Doreen Jackson, Beryl Edley, Greta Stratford, Gayle Kimmings, Mollie Pratt, Cheryl and Jim Gallimore, Bernard Buggins, Chris Jessop, Sally Anthony, Rosa Wright, Nadine Wright, Frank Bachelor, Doreen Cobb, Win Oram, Joyce Bainbridge, Joan Green, Sue Redmile, Pam and Bill McDonald, Nita and Malcolm Knapp, Barry Hollingsworth and Kevin Beck.

Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.

Donations were received for Marie Curie Cancer Care.