Mr N. Cochrane

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MR Nicholas Cochrane (Nick), of Belton Lane, Great Gonerby, has died at home. He was 55.

He was born in Topclift, near Ripon, Yorkshire, the only child of Ron and the late Eileen Cochrane. His father was in the Royal Air Force and the family travelled around due to various postings.

In 1975 Mr Cochrane achieved a gold Duke of Edinburgh award.

He met his wife, Anita, while they were training at RAF Halton and they were married in 1978. They had two children Jason and Laura.

During the 1980s he played rugby for Kesteven and he was also a scout leader in Grantham and Germany.

After leaving Giggleswick School, he became an Army apprentice. He transferred to the Royal Air Force and trained as a ground electrician. He completed 22 years service and left in 1996.

Mr Cochrane then worked for Tru-Gen and then Ryder at Heathrow airport. He joined Padley’s in 2002 and was working there at the time of his death. He also worked part-time as a driving instructor.

Mr Cochrane enjoyed sports, especially rugby and scouting, until circumstances prevented this. He liked reading, puzzles, fishing - especially sea fishing, and he was beginning to enjoy gardening.

The Rev Peter Hopkins conducted the funeral service at St Sebastian’s Church, Great Gonerby. Burial followed at Ketton Park.

Family mourners included: Anita Cochrane, Jason Cochrane, Laura Cochrane, Ron Cochrane and Joy Cochrane.

Other mourners included: Roger Cox, Sharon Worthington, Ann Smith, Malcolm Alliss, Sarah Pearce, Steph Smith, Andy Reed, Sylvia Gammage, Bill Armstrong, Lesley Cochrane, Stephen Cochrane, Clifford Cochrane, Elsie Cochrane, Lynn Chapel, Katie Leach, Liz Kennedy-Short, Derek Maddox, Sarah Lawrence, Stephen Richardson and Mr and Mrs Davies.

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

Donations were received for St Barnabas Hospice.