MR Oliver Hardy, of Premier Court, Grantham, has died in Grantham Hospital. He was 91.
Born in Tindal Road, Grantham, he was the youngest son of Caroline and Fred Hardy.
He attended the National School and the Boys’ Central School, Grantham.
In January 1942 he married Joan Meadows.
On leaving school he went to work at Arthur Chambers as a draper.
He joined the Territorial Army and was called-up at the outbreak of the Second World War and served in the 6th Batallion of The Royal Lincolnshire Regiment. He served in Dunkirk, North Africa and the Italian Campaign. After the war he returned to employment at Arthur Chambers.
In 1954 he joined BMARC and worked his way up to shipping manager. He retired from the company in 1981 when his wife retired and he enjoyed 30 years of retirement.
Mr Hardy enjoyed working in his shed doing joinery. He also liked travelling to other countries on holiday and in his latter years he enjoyed dining out with his many friends.
Canon Christopher Andrews conducted the funeral service at St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham. Cremation followed at Grantham Crematorium Chapel.
Family mourners included: Mrs J. Hardy, Mr and Mrs D. English, Mr and Mrs R. Brown, Mrs M. Potter and Lt I. Potter.
Other mourners included: Mr and Mrs D. Bryan, Ellis Rowley, Frederick Royce, Mr and Mrs Cunnington, Sandra Brandon, Amanda Burton, Debbie Simpson, Wendy Dwyer, Phylis Southwell, Doris Clark, Mrs Danielle, Peter Armstrong, Pamela Armstrong, Cecil Gayle, Mr Short, Dusty and Eileen Miller, Carl Hanson, Eddie Crompton, Natalie Storey, Laura McGrady, Mr and Mrs Paul, Dee and Anton Bachelor, James Bachelor, Mr and Mrs Bacon, Mr and Mrs Maltby, Brian Stagg, John and Grace Knightall, Peter Weatherall, John and Gill Broughton, Suzanne Bracegirdle, Mr and Mrs V. J. Bachelor, Mrs R. Potter, Mr G. Wheat, Ken and Ruth Bryan, Liz Fletcher, June Tuxworth, George Buxton, Marina Bland, Gary Meadows, Mr and Mrs Cody, Mrs R. Topley, Mrs Mawson, June and Paddy Rigby, Sarah Ellis, Debbie Pulfrey, Winnie Barnes, Roger Blakeman, Mrs S. Judkins, Mr and Mrs Linford, Mr and Mrs Fowler, Mr and Mrs Morley, Mr and Mrs Mildinhall, Georgina and David Betts, Mr and Mrs Green, Melvin Dobbs, the Mayor and Mayoress of Grantham, Alan Bradley, Tom Brookes, Mr and Mrs Mallet, Pam Wakeley, Alan Naylor, Frank Northing, Brian and Margaret Hallam, Anne Allen, Chris Pettit, Eileen Pettit, Lucia Petitt, Roy Ingamells, Mr and Mrs Hutton, Mr and Mrs C. Bachelor, Rebecca Bachelor and Eleanor Bachelor.
Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.
Donations were received for Help the Heroes and St Wulfram’s Church.