MR Derek Bonner Birch, of Grantham, has died in Grantham and District Hospital. He was 91.
Born in Harlaxton Road, Grantham, in October 1919, he attended Huntingtower and Spitalgate Primary Schools and the King’s School.
In 1944 he married Edna and they had a son, Stuart in 1947 and a daughter, Dianne in 1950. They also had four grandchildren.
He began work at Catlins as a junior accountant. In 1939 he was conscripted and after the Second World War he worked at Ruston and Hornsby, followed later by employment at Alfred Wiseman as a contract engineer. He then became sales manager at Grummac but retired in 1982 after losing his sight.
Before he lost his sight he played football, table tennis, badminton, cycled and swam. He was a keen gardener, and was also involved with the scouts and local church. After 1982 he was a founder member of Grantham Talking Newspaper and the Young Members Blind Club.
Ruby Stuckey conducted the funeral service at Grantham Crematorium Chapel.
Family mourners included: Stuart Birch, Dianne Olive, Richard Olive, Andrew Olive, Simon Olive and Lisa Jackson.
Other mourners included: Joe Dodwell, Margaret Dodwell, Betty Thompson, Bridget Brown, Mark Wray, Derek Wray, Margaret Wray, Patricia Turner, Colin Abbs, Doreen Abbs, Alex Vowles, Val Green, Delores Wright, Hayley Coldron, Mr B. M. Bell, Mrs J. Snow, Mrs J. James, Mrs C. French, Miss M. King, Mrs A. Gibson, Mr B. Coldron, Mr and Mrs E. D. Burbage, Mrs M. Kellam, Mrs A. Jesson, Mrs A. Bennett, Janet Leeson, Mrs N. Leeson, Mrs P. Drewitt, Mr and Mrs J. Watson, Mr R. Baker, Mr A. Harley, Mrs M. Walton, Sue Taylor, Mrs M. Wilson, Ms B. Ranby, Chris Bainbridge, Mrs M. McDonald, Mrs S. Phillips, Miss F. Rolt, Betty Nicholson, Margaret Nicholson, Lyndsey Johnson, Mr B. Lea-Hair, Richard Shipley, Patricia Shipley, Jean Dawson, Peter Banyard, Pam Banyard, Mr G. Ladds, Mr A. Asher, Heather White, Sharon Grant, the Rev Chris Boland, Steve Wells, Vanessa O’Connor, Deborah Holmes, Susan Brown, Mary Heffer, Ian Gray, Lynn Gray, Ivy Lightfoot, Richard Earl, Henry Lord, Tony Hind, Ann Hind, June Lea-Hair, Freda Dixon, Valerie Crowe, Howard Crowe, Joan Bowring, Patricia Baker, Andrew Jablonski, Mr R. Phillips, Anita Lyons, Carolyn O’Connell, David Bend, Margaret Bend, Terry Ladds, Susan Ladds, and the Rev Canon and Mrs J. I. Ottey.
Funeral arrangements were by Co-operative Funeralcare, Bridge End Road, Grantham.
Donations for Grantham and District Talking Newspaper amount to £500 to date.