Mr M. F. Doona

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MR Michael Francis Doona, of Stonesby Road, Saltby, has died in Newton House Nursing Home, Grantham. He was 70.

He was born in Killarney, Republic of Ireland in October 1940, and was the eldest of eight - four brothers and four sisters, Marcus, Helen, Patricia, Dansey, Dennis, Lenore and Madgella. He is predeceased by Marcus and Helen.

He was married to Janice and they had three children, Marcus, Michaela and Amy. He also leaves a daughter-in-law, Claire and son-in-law, Neil, along with grandchildren Laurna, Christopher, Alex, Lauren and Harvey. Mr Doona was always keenly interested in his family and was a dutiful father, who was always there to offer advice and help.

From 1948 to 1955 he attended the Presentation Monastery in Killarney. He then went to Killarney Boys’ Technical School.

In 1957 he moved to Birmingham, where he worked for British Oxygen and then the Post Office.

He decided to join the Police in 1960 and served with Birmingham City Police from April 1961 to July 1973. He chose to serve on the Police Dog unit and this was to become his vocation. On promotion he followed his passion for police dogs, becoming a Sgt instructor at the Lincolnshire Police dog training school at Scampton, near Lincoln.

In the early 1980s he worked as charge room Sgt in Lincoln and later at the Crown Court in Lincoln Castle. His final move was to “The North Box”, where he spent some of his happiest times.

After leaving the police he worked in Lincoln County Hospital Pharmacy from 1991 to 2004.

Mr Doona had a love of all animals, however his passion was driving and cars. He was a loyal fan of Citroen in the 1970s and ‘80s but he loved his Toyota cars.

He was also a fan of amateur dramatics, in particular Gilbert and Sullivan.

In his younger days during the 1960s he had a love of music and dancing in the clubs of Birmingham, however he had a soft spot for jazz and military music.

He enjoyed crossword puzzles and word puzzles and had to have his daily fix.

A loyal fan of National Hunt racing in his retirement, he never missed a meeting at Market Rasen.

Robert Holland conducted the funeral service at Grantham Crematorium Chapel.

Family mourners included: Janice Doona, Marcus and Andrea Doona, Michaela and Andrew Finan, Amy Doona and Chris, Laurna Finan, Christopher Doona, Lauren Hales, Neil Charlton, Claire Vaughan, Dan Doona, Denis Doona, Mr and Mrs McLaughlin, Mrs P. O’Neill, John and Ann Skinner, Peter, Sarah and Harriet Skinner, Jo and John and Mike Thompson.

Other mourners included: Audrey Footitt, Janet Thurlby, Sally Barton, Richard Naulls, Roy Harris, Ray Nicholson, Jim Kendall, Merv Price, Ken Christer, Nigel Falgate, Brian Jones, Tony Smith, Mrs B. Jones, Jennifer Tebb, Joan Hitchcock, Didi Powles, Hazel Faichnie, Jan Senescall, Ed Korolyk, Sharon Kemp, Michael Kemp, Steve and Rose Wells, John Evans, Nev Peatman, Rita and Beau Moulding, Neville Cooper, Marian Scott, Jenny Mason, Peter Davies, Robert Hardwick, Lynne Purdy, Pat Oakhill, Cindy Miller, Colin Hardman, Dick Holmes, Pete Bray, Roy Ingamells, Julie Milward, Clara Don, Heather Smith, Suzanne Alexander, Andy Rolfe and Sarah Dow.

Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.

Donations were received for the Woodland Trust.