MR Kenneth Henry Staines, of Castlegate, Grantham, has died in Ashfield Lodge, Sleaford. He was 77.
Born in October 1934, in Bromley, Kent,. He was the son of Ann and Basil Staines. His younger brother, Christopher, was born more than 10 years later.
During the war years his father was away on active service and his mother had to work. At one point, when their home was bombed, he was evacuated to Crewe.
Most of his spare time was spent scouting, as a member of the Boy Scout movement, through his training with the scouts he became a very self-sufficient and resourceful young man and ultimately became a King’s Scout.
He was a clever student who liked school, but due to family circumstances - his parents had split up by the time he was a teenager - he was unable to go on to university. While at school he developed his interest in sports and played water polo for Kent. He also played chess for the county.
After leaving school he went to work for the Ordnance Survey as a cartographer. He then went into the Royal Marines to do his National Service. During his time in the marines he visited Cyprus, Malta, Trinidad and several other places, serving on a large aircraft carrier. To earn extra money - and extra rum rations - he used the skills he’d learned as a scout, mending socks for his fellow marines.
After National Service, he returned to Ordnance Survey and then moved to the British Drug Houses. Mr Staines was ambitious and wanted to improve his prospects so he moved to Legal and General Insurance. It was there that he found his niche and gained his qualifications as a surveyor and risk assessor, and remained in this field for most of his working life.
He took early retirement and, with his wife, Peggy, he bought an antiques shop in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, where they successfully dealt in antiques for the next decade.
He had met Peggy at a dance at Caxton Hall and they discovered that they both did sports at Regent Street Polytechnic. He enjoyed fencing and she played badminton. They were married and lived first in Bromley, where their eldest son, Nick, was born. They then moved to Sidcup, where they had a second son, Neville. Later he had five grandchildren.
In later years Mr Staines was a good backgammon player. He also enjoyed cricket and 10 pin bowling with his wife, playing in Skegness. They won lots of trophies, playing as The Stiffies for several years.
Mr Staines was a town councillor in Horncastle for a few years before becoming disenchanted with local politics.
The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by Sarah Willis.
Family mourners included: Mrs M. Staines, Nicholas Staines, Kate Staines, James Oliver and Sam Staines, Neville Staines, Charlie Staines, Isobella Staines, Christopher Staines, Rose Staines, Simon Staines, Ghislain Chitty, Alexandra Staines, Pippa Smith, Ross Barratt, Mary Ann Payet, David Hanze, Penny Langridge, David Sharpe, Brian Cox and Angela Cox.
Other mourners included: Andrew Patterson, and two representatives from Ashfield Lodge, Sleaford.
Funeral arrangements were by Co-operative Funeralcare, Bridge End Road, Grantham.
Donations were received for the Alzheimer’s Society.