Mr F. W. Booker

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MR Frank William Booker, of Branston, has died at home. He was 93.

He was born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, but moved to Branston at an early age.

After leaving school he worked on a farm in Waltham.

At the outbreak of the Second World War he joined the 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry and as a skilled mechanic, was employed on the maintenance of tanks. For more than five years he served his country in France, Holland and Belgium.

He had known Marjorie from childhood and they were married in St Guthlac’s Church, Branston, in 1947. They had four children, Tony, Michael, Pat and Maureen and later eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mr Booker started the local garage in 1952 and was later joined by his sons and grandson, Stephen. Over 50 years later he finally retired at the age of 86.

He and his wife enjoyed many holidays with his brother George (who died 10 days before Frank) and sister-in-law, Esther.

Mr Booker was a very keen cricketer; both as a player and spectator.

He succeeded his father-in-law as sexton, looking after the churchyard at Branston and, assisted by his wife and brother, Maurice, meticulously maintained the grass, trees and memorials.

The funeral service was held at St Guthlac’s Church, Branston, conducted by Canon Alan Haydock. Cremation followed in Grantham.

Family mourners included: Marjorie Booker, Tony Booker and Maggie Jenks, Michael and Zofia Booker, Pat McConnell, Maureen and Andy Greaves, Keith McConnell, Theresa Booker, Richard Booker and Claire Carrington, Clare, Ian and Archie Morris, Stephen Booker, Mark Booker, Ian and Louise McConnell, James Samuel, Rachel Samuel, Maurice Booker and Susanna, Margaret Smith, Mary Onezine, Sally and Patrick Smith, John Smith, Kath Waplington, Mr and Mrs N. Lee, Sue Garland, John and Mary Booker, and Peter Booker.

Other mourners included: Simon Laywood and Debbie Jacques, John and Dorothy Flintham, Keith and Betty Samuel, Don Shields, Val and Russ Perkins, Marilyn and Norman Ludlow, Susan Wells, Janet Marshall, Edwin Bellamy, Daphne Renshaw, Lionel and Jackie Farnsworth, Margaret Hallam, Diana Thompson, David Barker, Ben Heath, Ian and Sheila Clark, Mick Peake, Alan Hubbard, Mr J. Fraser, Kerry Parker, John and Margaret Fraser, Robert Fairbrother, Steven Yates, Dennis Braisby, Nick Bradley, Melanie King, Philip and Margaret Shipman, Beverley and Christopher Greasley, Bernard Haynes, Keith Oliver, Mrs A. Starbuck, George Walker, Mrs B. Faulkes, Mr R. Jackson, L. Darby, Chris Taylor, Gerald Pedge, Gerald Christian, Ian Fraser, Arnold and Eunice Fletcher, Mrs S. Hassall, Pete and Sian Morris, William Clarke, Charlotte Manners, Lol Crafer, A. D. Shipman, M. Stanley, Martin and Richard, Janet and Maurice Felstead, Trevor Hall, Mr and Mrs B. Burdett, Anne Abbott, Alan Hubbard, Kevin Carter, R. A. Carter, Juliet Marshall, Brian Watchorn, Rob Sheridan, Les and Pam Humphreys, Mike and Jan Beckett, Margaret Ashley, George Dewey, Albert White, Gerald and Marlene Dickinson, Pip Ewart, John Mayfield, Yan and Melody Gowin, Janet North, Stan and Jean Stubbs, Barbara and Norman Jefferson, Grace Knightall, John Knightall, Terry Saxby, Tony Saxby, Michael Barker, Gordon and Jean Clarke, Viv Chadder, Vera Holden and Freda Hart.

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

Donations to be divided between Branston Church and the Royal British Legion amount to £727.85 to date.