Mr R. J. Bish

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MR Richard John Bish, of Swinstead, has died in The Cedars Nursing Home, Bourne. He was 66.

Born in Stamford, Lincolnshire, he was the eldest son of the late George and Helen Bish, of Southwood Farm, Irnham, and twin brother to Katherine and brother of Neville and Caroline.

He was educated in Bourne and Grantham.

Mr Bish worked for the HSBC Bank, starting in Lincoln, and moving to branches in Grantham, Melton Mowbray and Uppingham, before returning to Grantham, where he remained until his retirement.

For a number of years he served on Irnham Parish Council. He also regularly gave talks on family ancestry to various groups. An expert on rare plants, he often travelled to Japanese nurseries and he had articles about his garden published in national gardening magazines.

Following his retirement Mr Bish became a guide at Grimsthorpe Castle, a role he particularly enjoyed.

The funeral service was held at St John’s Church, Corby Glen, conducted by Canon Andrew Hawes.

Family mourners included: Neville Bish, Caroline Eyre, Andrew Rickett, Mr and Mrs R. L. Carnell, William Eyre, Michael Bish, Sarah Carnell, Mark Carnell, Janette Savage, Jean Lamming, Dr C. Lamming, Mr and Mrs N. Renner, Mrs C. Bee, Mr and Mrs A. Percival, Michael Bish and Stuart Bish.

Other mourners included: Andrew Bish, Jean Asher and John Bish, Georgina and John Caborne, Mr and Mrs R. Pridmore, Roger Jackson, John Dickinson, Kath and Mike Inman, Richard and Margaret Colgrove, Jacqueline Mumby, Audrey Forrest, Peggy Aldridge, Phillipa Lane, Shirley Draheim-Jackson, Rodney and Irene Jackson, Jane Ledsome, Kathy and John Eaton, Debbie Spencer-Moulding, Richard Johnson, Derek Larder, Angela Bailey, Audrey Pywell, Pam Baylis, Christine Wilson, Eve Mills, Robin and Beryl Myers, Anne Feather, David and Gill Mahoney, Liz Unwin, Ray Biggs, Cathi Prince, Gerry Burrows, Hazel Wallace, Gill Burt, Martin Kerry, Richard Allitt, Margaret Lyon, Tim Harwood, Andy Harwood, Chris and Sue Howes, Leigh Brewin, Janet and Robert Brudenell, Diane Found, Mervyn and Robert Fisher, Muriel Goodacre, John and Josephine Whitelam, Ted and Jane Creasey, Eileen Mort, Paul Mort, Frank and Sue Bristow, David and Helen Porter, Lesley and Terry Clayton, Martyn Bradshaw, John Sharpe, Squig Chesney, Alan and Pam Clarke, Lorna Dunthorne, Desmond and Maureen Adcock, Mrs D. Clarke, Jill Walsingham and James Walsingham.

Funeral arrangements were by E. Walsingham and Son, Moreleys Lane, Corby Glen.

Donations were received for Sue Ryder Hospice, Thorpe Hall, Peterborough.