Mr F. L. S. Parker

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MR Frank Leslie Shuttleworth Parker, has died in Lincoln County Hospital. He was 84.

Born at The Mill House, Redmile, he was the third of 10 children - six boys and four girls.

He had a fun childhood and attended Redmile School and later Melton Mowbray Grammar School. He helped around the house and collected milk each day from Plungar, on his bicycle. He helped with the newspaper business and also drove the Italian PoWs.

For a short time he served in the Royal Navy and then went to college at Colwyn Bay.

His first full-time job was at the Nottingham Evening Post’s office in Boston, and it was there that he met Barbara. They were married in 1951 at Boston Stump, and recently celebrated 60 years of happy marriage. Their son Nigel was born in 1952.

In 1954 Mr Parker joined The Express newspaper and moved to Lincoln. A second son, Martin, was born in 1955, followed two years later by Julian, and then Sherry two years after that. The family then lived at North Hykeham.

In 1960 the family lived above their confectionery shop and they enjoyed good family holidays.

In the 1970s Mr Parker was promoted by The Express to their Fleet Street office as southern area circulation manager and the family moved to Camberley, Surrey.

Later on he moved to be books manager at Express Books and during this time was invited to the Queen’s Garden Party and also to Ascot.

He retired aged 63, but continued as a consultant and moved to Long Bennington, where he played a large part in village life. He canvassed for the Conservative Party; was a governor at the school, and for many years worked devotedly for the Church. When the Church magazine was in its infancy, he spent many hours putting it together with his usual meticulous detail. During this time he and his wife enjoyed holidays to Crete and Spain.

Mr Parker was a devoted family man, who always supported his children and grandchildren and was very proud of their achievements.

The Rev Stella Langdon-Davies conducted the funeral service at St Swithun’s Church, Long Bennington. Burial followed in the churchyard.

Family mourners included: Barbara Parker, Nigel, June and Rebecca Parker, Warren Gell, Julian, Katherine, Arthur and Alice Parker, Sherry, Richard, Lana and Sam Cackett, Bryan Parker, Trevor and Sylvia Parker, Prunella and Keith Simpson, Nicholas and Donna Simpson, Ian and Clive Parker, Carla and David Bolus, Katie Pitts and Vivienne and Colin Jones. Unable to attend: Lucy Parker, Maxwell Parker, Anita Parker, Sandra Duczek, Dorothy Parker and Patricia, Joan Maddison and family, Canada, Roberta and Geoffrey Leng.

Other mourners included: Mr and Mrs A. W. Openshaw, Margery Buxton, Ian Buxton, Mary Dring, Olive Long, Ann Holmes, Mick and Anne Beale, John and Edna Cox, Jennifer McCallum, Jean Higgs, Jane Taylor, Peter Drury, Gordon Scott, Anne Scott, Babs Goddard, Ernest and Dorothy, Alma Saul, Walter and Audrey Maddison, Primrose Matthews, Stephen and Marion Howarth, Joy Jordan, Pam Brown, Mary and George Hamblett, Rita Gordon, Ted and Barbara Pykett, Mr and Mrs W. Hughes, Stephen and Sandra Pocock, Derek Thirtle, Sheila Tuffnell, Bob Tuffnell, Jane Cowley, Jenny Stokes, Mrs R. Gamm, Irene Adams, Alan and Margaret Thornton, Margaret Ogden, Richard and Jessica Gibby, Jean Bowes, and Brian Churchyard.

Funeral arrangements were by William Roberts and Sons, Devon Lane, Bottesford.

Donations for St Swithun’s Church amount to £251 to date.