Mr J. F. G. Norris

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MR John Francis Gerald Norris (known as Gerald) has died at his home in Bottesford. He was 82.

Born in April 1929, at High Street, Bottesford, he was the son of John and Ruby Norris and the eldest of eight children.

Apart from two years away doing his National Service, he had lived in the village all his life.

He left school at the age of 14 and went to work at Chandlers in Grantham, as a message boy.

After the Second World War, when the family firm of builders and undertakers was re-established, he joined his father in the business of John Norris and Sons and remained there all his working life.

During his National Service in the Royal Army Service Corps, he met his future wife, Annie, in Scotland, and they were married in 1951. They had recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary.

They had four children, Frances, Frank, Lesley and Greg, later followed by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mr Norris was very proud of their achievements and was always eager for news of them and looked forward to their visits.

Mr Norris retired in 1988 and despite ill health, he enjoyed travelling, making journeys to Australia, Germany, America, Scotland, and on Eurostar to Brussells.

He was an active member of the Royal British Legion, and over time he was vice-chairman and chairman at Barrowby.

Mr Norris never lost his sharp wit or his sense of fun and mischief and he embraced modern technology to keep in touch with family and friends via text messaging.

A committal service took place at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, followed by a service at St Mary’s Church, Bottesford, conducted by the Rev Dr Mark Smith.

Family mourners included: Annie Norris, Frank Norris, Greg Norris, Professor Frances Gordon, Dr Neil Gordon, Lesley Pennie, Ian Pennie, Amy O’Shaugnessy, Ken O’Shaugnessy, James Raeburn, Fiona Raeburn, David Pennie, Rosie O’Shaugnessy, Ian Norris, Joan Norris, Mrs Yoly, Brian Honey, Carol Button, William Button, Jean Norris, Jennie Morley, Roy Morley, Barbara Norris and John, Karen and Sally, Geoff Norris, Pat Norris, Kim Slender, Robert Slender, Jill Rawlings, Les Rawlings, Mary D’Arcy, and Joseph D’Arcy.

Other mourners included: Nora Parkin, Herbert and Jean Turner, Margaret Waudby, Sue Dunsmore, Ian Garratt, Gwen and Ray Clark, Bruce Tilley, May Tilley, Raymond and June Tilley, Pamela Milne, Angela Kapellar, Vivian Finch, Bill Burrows, Stephen Shepherd, Dilys Shepherd, Billy and Kathleen Turner, Pat and Peter Scott, Eric and Margaret George, Sid and Jean Culpin, Peter Rastall, Barbara Sutton, Sophie Barber, Tina Buggins, Mrs W. O. Claricoats, Roger Claricoats, John and Pauline Goodson, Susi Lister, Janet Greenhalgh, Doreen Storer, Ted Rayson, Brian Glover, Barry Nicholls, Pru Chandler, Andrew Chandler, Jill and Peter Chandler, Alan, John and Margaret Millington, Colette McCormack, Brenda Cooper, Peter Topps, Charlotte Bugg, D. R. Taylor, Ken Roberts, Joyce Jackson, Gerald and June Pedge, Mary Taylor, Peter and Elaine Holmes, Wendy Cross, Sarah and Simon Smith, Rosemary Holloway, Alison Palmer-Pritchett, Jean and Arthur Gamble and Derek Collett.

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

Donations to be divided between the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and St Dunstan’s, amount to £423.80 to date.