Mr P. A. Reed

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MR Paul Anthony Reed, of North Parade, Grantham, has died in Lincoln County Hospital. He was 65.

Born in Gladstone Terrace, Grantham, he was the eldest child of Marguerite and Fred Reed.

After attending junior school he went on to the Boys’ Central School in Grantham.

On leaving school he attained an apprenticeship at BMARC and went on to become a draughtsman, later becoming adept at all the new computer technology.

In 1968 Mr Reed left Grantham to work in Amsterdam. Following that he lived in London, working for the American Embassy, before emigrating to Canada in 1969. He travelled to Toronto, working for a year and then worked his way around the world before settling in Vancouver, where he worked for more than 20 years.

Mr Reed often returned to visit his family in Grantham, and on one occasion he met Amanda, who became his wife and returned with him to live in Canada. She predeceased him.

Working hard, they both continued their love of travel, visiting all the exotic places that are becoming commonplace today.

In 1992 they both returned to Grantham, to take up work and travel in Europe.

In his teenage years Mr Reed enjoyed cycling and was a keen member of Witham Wheelers, often undertaking long distances.

Music was also a great passion of his and he became a lead vocalist with a local beat group called Unit 2.

During his life in Canada he became a very keen photographer.

Mr Reed enjoyed a busy social life with his many friends and colleagues, both abroad and in Grantham.

The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel.

Family mourners included: Andrew Reed, Casey Reed, John Reed, Evelyn Welbourn, Terry Welbourn, Albert Rawlinson, Irene Boulter, Irene Woods, Frank Woods, Nicola Woods, Brian Rawlinson, Dawn Rawlinson, Jo Pearson, Matt Pearson, Callum Pearson, Donetia Bean and Ken Bean.

Other mourners included: David Morgan, Tony Mahoney, Neil Gregory, Rosemary Lyon, Nigel Gibson, Janet Money, Neil Money, Rona Scott, Lilian Cory, Matthew Crorken-Smith, Gary Burrows, Belinda Hinsley, Paul Sumner, Kay Sumner, Edwin and Chris Clark, Silvia Chantry, Adam Marshall, Peter Geeson, Jim Bailey, James Whiteside, Andrew Kitchen, Peter King, Chris Wood, Mandy Clater, John Metcalf, Frank Lepora, Big Norm, Helena and Chris Roberts, Claire Wallace, Eddie Pimlott, Kev Lyon, Paul Sach, Alan Tabinea, Charlotte Jackson, John Campbell, Ron Frisby, Stan Bellamy, Gail Dawson-James and John Fairhurst.

Funeral arrangements were by Geeson Funeral Directors, Westgate, Grantham.

Donations were received for Lincolnshire St Barnabas Hospice.