Mr R. H. Clipsham

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MR Ronald Henry Clipsham, of Grantham, has died in Grantham Hospital. He was 86.

Born in Bathley, Nottinghamshire, he was the son of Herbert and Violet Clipsham and had a sister Edna. He was brought up in Marsh Lane, North Muskham, Nottinghamshire.

He married Olive in 1950 and they had a son, Alan, in 1954. Later they had four grandchildren, Adella, Allys, Jacob and Joseph.

He began work in a shop in Newark at the age of 14. By 1941 he worked for LNER, progressing from yard cleaner to fireman and then driver, ending up in Grantham as a train driver in 1966. He would often say “Most train drivers are 99 per cent railway, I was 100 per cent railway.”

He was branch secretary and union representative for ASLEF, until his retirement in 1988.

Mr Clipsham was a lifelong supporter of Notts County Football Club. He enjoyed caravanning holidays, visiting the seaside, ice-cream and cake and gardening. He adored his grandchildren.

He was an honest, kind, loving and fair gentleman.

Robert Holland conducted the funeral service at Grantham Crematorium Chapel. Interment will later take place at St Wilfred’s Church, North Muskham.

Family mourners included: Olive Clipsham, Alan Clipsham, Rebecca Allsop, Adella Clipsham, Allys Clipsham, Jacob Clipsham, and Joseph Clipsham.

Other mourners included: Robert McGrann, Dennis Wright, Don Watson, Doris Chambers, June Harrison, Shirley Sandall, Maxine Haxby, Brian and Stella Hardy, Heather Wright, Richard Padgham, John Michael, Maurice Massingham, Roy Veasey, Jennie Brown, Mick and Paula Gibson, Fred Harris, Barry Mason, Ken Willets, Shirley and Malcolm Thomas, Andy McKinley, Rachael and Trevor Armstrong, Lorraine Kavanagh, Jim Hazell, Peter Climpson, Helen Green, Beverley Hayward, May Brittain, Michael and Diane Allsop and Mary Webster.

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

Donations were received for Cancer Research UK.