MR John Denis Watson, of Hedgefield Road, Barrowby, has died in Lincoln County Hospital. He was 80.
Born in Colsterworth, he was the eldest of three brothers, and the son of Ron and Rene Watson.
He was married to June for 56 years and they had three children, Keith, Tracy and Chris, 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Mr Watson began work aged 14 at the opencast mines in Colsterworth, as an apprentice electrician. His National Service was spent in the Army with the REME. He returned to work in Colsterworth and this was followed by him working underground at Easton. When the mine closed he worked as an electrical contractor for over 25 years.
In his younger days Mr Watson played football, cricket and darts. He was a member of Stoke Rochford Golf Club for many years and past captain. He also enjoyed horse racing, especially going to Cheltenham with his friends.
The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by Robert Holland.
Family mourners included: June Watson, Keith and Sheila Watson, Tracy and Geoff Keats, Chris and Melanie Watson, Jed, Josh and Jasmine Palmer, Scarlett Watson, Michelle and Gary Penrose, Jody and Chris Smilas, Chloe Cook, Nikki Sykes, Val and Mandy Watson, Doreen and Ian Watson, Sue Marriott and Pat and Anthony Taylor.
Other mourners included: Harry Craven, Susan and Ivan Truscott, Gill and Bill Senescall, Gillian Dexter, Betty Neal, Ivan and Joan Cox, Richard Taylor, Chris Cole, Joe and Sue Grindle, Kevin Dodds, Shirley and Tony Warner, George Hadjigeorgiou, Peter Coleman, Alan Jessop, Reg Taylor, Brian Stubley, Richard Leverett, Betty and Les Hodson, Alec Thorpe, John and Jane Barker, Mr and Mrs V. Mitchell, Margaret and Keith Russell, John and Sheila Turpie, Noel and Shirley Sims, John Love, Simon Love, John and Sue Corner, Alan Footitt, Ted and Chris Welberry, Alice and Malcolm Love, Angela and Alec King, Carole and Derek Cackett, Barry and Janet Morely, Edward and Eileen Hardcastle, Bob Adams, Barry and Rachel Jones, Brian Gadsby, Nina Halsey, John Thorpe, Peter Weston, Michael Sims, Richard Bloodworth, Neville and Christine Hodson, Michael Adcock, C. Warren, Jason Taylor, John Taylor, Martin Hammond, Mr and Mrs Pattie, Les Stancer, Harold Martins, Mr and Mrs Woolchin, Mr and Mrs Boxall, Roger Barclay, Tom Atter, Beryl Leverett and Doreen Parkinson.
Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.
Donations were received for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.