Mr Walt Cecil Barber has died at his home. He was 82.
Mr Barber was born in Bourne, the was the youngest son of Robert and Elizabeth and brother to Win, Bob, Roland and Mavis.
He attended Somerby School and left at the age of 14. He began work as a mechanic and driver, where he gained experience with various employers before joining the Army to do his National Service in 1950. He served with the Queen’s Bays and the REME in Germany until 1952.
In 1953, Walt met June and they were married in 1956 at Barrowby Church.
Mr Barber began working for Chandlers in 1954 and apart from a short spell, he remained with them until his retirement in 1995. He started there as a mechanic, progressing to a salesman, sales manager and sales director.
He had numerous hobbies throughout his life, including sailing, where he sailed Enterprise dinghies at local and national level and world championships. He enjoyed squash and was an active member of Grantham Squash club in the 1970s and 1980s.
Mr Barber was a supporter of country sports and ran a shoot at Spanby for many years.
In 1984, he began taking flying lessons and earned his Private Pilot’s Licence in 1985.
He continued being at the controls until he retired in 2007. During this time he took part in air racing and travelled to France, Ireland and other parts of Europe.
After retirement in 1995, he became a member of Stoke Rochford Golf Club where he represented the Senior Team. He became Seniors’ Captain in 2003 and remained a member until his death.
He was a committee member of Grantham Aviation Society being sub-editor of the club’s monthly magazine.
Mr Barber enjoyed travelling and visited Canada, Australia, New Zealand and America, as well as travelling in Europe.
He was a real family man, enjoying time with his two children, Joy and Mike and his grandchildren, Mark and Andy.
The funeral service was held at St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham, conducted by the Rev June Rowland. Cremation followed.
Family mourners included: June, Joy, John, Mark and Andrew Clift-Hill, Michael Barber, Win Bowler, Bob and Dorothy Barber, Mavis Healy and Roger Dingley, Jackie Healy, Steve Hircoe, Margaret and John Howard, John and Diana Barsby, Mandy and David Barber, Mr and Mrs F, Preston, and Anne Kent.
Other mourners included: Mr and Mrs Herbert, Richard and Pam Leverett, Susan Squires, Keith Eddy, Clive Mayes, Tony Ireland (Ireland Farms), Cliff Jones, Doris Speakman, Fred Bellingall, Don Werner, Mark Colclough, Peter Gill, Robert Skelton, Mr B Richardson, Neville and Christine Hodson, Celia Raines, Pamela Holden (Aviation Society), Michael and Celia Adcock, Mary Smallwood, Mr and Mrs John Fox, John Martindale, Charles Donnison, Alec and Sheila Cox, Greta Stratford, Chris Pettit, Mike Dickinson, Don Clements, Marilyn Smith, Tony and Brenda Smith, Nigel Aspland, Paula Fytche, Heather Glenn, Jane and Geoff Sharp (Chandlers), Mr and Mrs Joe Kime, David Hamilton, Mrs Sally Winn, Charlotte Winn, Matthew Winn, David Wright, Simon Caunt, Rosey Caunt, Philip and Norma Varley (Stoke Rochford Golf Club), Ron Young, Les and Gill Rowlings, Sue Lewendon, Margaret Rowbotham, Michael Rowbotham, Graham Dawson, Paul Browett, John Carpenter (Grantham Aviation Society), Rod Rawson (Sharmans), Barry Papworth, David Hudson, Roland Slack (Stoke Rochford Golf Club), Brian Church, Paul Brewin, Trevor Harvey, June and Graham Miller, Pete Thompson (Norfolk), George Duffree, Keith and Pat Johnson, Barbara Armstrong, Bob and Winnie Curry, Kevin Broderick, Gerald Bond, Liz Hodge, Sarah Clark, June and Sam Cunningham, Joan Ingamells, Lin Short, Sylvia Raynor, John Hall, Dennis White, Graham Chapman (Stamford Tractors), Pauline and Eric Barnes, Mrs M Thomas (Red Cross), Richard Skelton, Susan White, Edward Hardcastle, Sarah Duncan, Alan Harvey, Ann and John Wright, Victor Kerr, Margaret Matthews, Evaline Richardson, Colin Gascoyne, Jenny Austin, Lesley Pitt, Heather Drew, Doreen Fardell, Carol Hulse, Brian Bolshaw, Mr Shipley, Mr B Salmon, Bill Tyler, Mel Phillips, Margaret and Roy Fowler, Roy and Jean Sanderson, Dick Shelley, Joanne East, Rebecca East, Natasha East, Ian Wells, Eric Harby (Stoke Rochford Seniors), Andrew and Jane Jones, Ken and Margaret Exton, Richard Harris, Lynne McLean(Red Cross, Grantham Office), Jeff Thompson, Roger Smith (Stoke Rochford Golf Club), Claire Roberts, Janet and Alan Jessop, Ron Ward, Geoff Key, John Hopewell, Will Cook, Howard and Rose Pell, Mr and Mrs Charity (Grantham Aviation Society), Mr Shortley, Simon East, Ian Scotney, Mary Noble, “Jake”, Valerie Bigwood, Linda and Roger Edge (Chairman Grantham Aviation Society), Rob McPhaill, Peter Weatherall, Peter Doughty, Peter Townsend, Duncan Andrew, Peter Giles, Jim Price, and Colin Howett.
Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.
Donations were received for St Barnabas Hospice and Marie Curie Rapid Response Team.