Mr G. Cooke

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Mr George Cooke, of Bottesford, has died in Grantham Hospital. He was 91.

He was the youngest son of William and Alice Cooke, who farmed at Bank House, Walpole St Peter, Norfolk.

After leaving Wisbech Grammar School, he continued to work on the farm with his father and enjoyed having a day’s shooting with him. Unfortunately he lost the sight of his right eye, but few people realised this and there were few things he had to forego.

In 1941 he was conscripted to the Leicestershire War Agriculture Committee and was put in charge of the labour in the Vale of Belvoir. He was billeted at a hostel in Stathern until moving later into private accommodation. One of his tasks was to transport Italian PoWs around various farms in the Vale. He was finally given leave to return to his home in 1946.

During his time in Stathern he had met Muriel, and in April 1947 they were married at St Guthlac’s Church. They moved to their own farm - Oak Tree - in Walpole St Andrew, where they stayed until 1961 and where their children David and Susan were born.

They returned to Stathern and joined Muriel’s father in his garage business which then became known as Wood and Cooke. During this time Mr Cooke still enjoyed working on the land and he bought the old hostel and grew strawberries, which were enjoyed far and wide.

In latter years the couple enjoyed their retirement in Bottesford and became involved in local events.

A committal service took place at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, followed by a Service of Remembrance at St Mary’s Church, Bottesford, conducted by Judith Wells.

Family mourners included: Muriel Cooke, David Cooke, Susan and Mehran Heravi, David Harvey-Cooke, Jan and Deborah Cooke, Tony, Hannah and Harry Youster, Val and John Page, Anne and Ray, Tim and Stephen Mayes, Bridget, Natasha and Catherine Bahtia, Clare and Martin Bell, Louise and John Houghton, Lyn and John Bryand and Walter, Beryl and Ken Steward.

Other mourners included: John Topps, Christin and Mike Saunders, J. C. Still, Jim Reed, Mary and Malcolm Owen, Reg and Eileen Boyce, Edna Taylor, Tonya Pacey, Anne Ablewhite, Anne Swingler and Derek Pritchard, Charlotte Bugg, Bruce Rawlings, Trevor Coy, Len and Betty Worley, Mrs K. Strickland, Mr and Mrs W. Dyer, Mrs B. Fentem, Joyce Jackson, Richard Donger, Alan and Margaret Millington, Anne Shipman (Farr), Pauline Bowcock, George Donger, Peter Donger, Frieda Woll, Tim Chamberlin, A. Hodgkinson, Noel and Wendy Carolan, John and Pauline Goodson, Eric Walker, M. Cook, Trevor Illsley and family, Geoff Donger, Freda Stanley and George Tinkley, Ida Hills, Gina and Ray Smart, Eunice Greasley, Molly Ford, John, Shirley and Herbert Daybell, Peter and Peggy Topps, Steve and Mary Morley, Margaret Harmon, Pru Chandler, Derek H. Collett, Jean and Arthur Gamble, Gillian and John Deave, Henry and Peggy Coy, Wendy Cook, Eleanor Saywell and Ian Shipman Linzi Shaw, Irene Smith, Graham Smith, Miss J. M. Jopling, Mr J. J. Hall, Barbara and Roger Hawkins, Mrs D. Watson, Mr and Mrs Jeff Burton, Noel and anne Baxter, Frank and Jean Moulds, Mr and Mrs D. Welbourn, Ralph Walker, Nick and Janet Humphries, Dennis and Joan Kirk, Donald and Sylvia Smart, Keith and Edna Hammond, Ian and Shirley Smith, Mr and Mrs Alec Wood, Barbara Cleaver, Beryl Smith, Mrs J. Stubbs, Elizabeth Clarke, Pam and Bill Shipman, John and Nalda Shipman, John and Muriel Goodacre, Margaret Watchorn, John Blundy, Keith Hallam and Walter and Beryl Steward.

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

Donations for the British Red Cross, Grantham, amount to £608.79 to date.