Mr W. V. Rogers

William Rogers.

William Rogers.

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Mr William Vincent Rogers (Bill), of The Haverlands, Grantham, has died in Lincoln County Hospital. He was 80.

Born in 1933 at Thorpe, near Farndon, Newark, Nottinghamshire, he was the second child of William and Kathleen Rogers. Five other siblings followed.

He is survived by his brothers, David and Peter and sister, Freda.

In 1948, aged 15, he joined the Royal Navy in the gunnery section. He served for 12 years, ending up at HMS Sultan in Gosport, Hampshire. He mainly visited the Far East, Singapore, Hong Kong; served in Korea; and visited Africa twice, India and Sri Lanka and Suez in 1956.

When on HMS Kenya, he celebrated his 19th birthday in a “Crossing the Equator” ritual. He then went on to visit Mombasa.

In 1954 he met Frieda while they were both serving on HMS Excellent, the Gunnery School at Whale Island, Portsmouth. He was there changing from gunnery to Naval Police.

They married in 1955, and daughter, Susan, was born in 1956 in Portsmouth.

In 1960 Mr Rogers left the service and the family settled in Newark. Their son, Alan was born the following year.

Mr Rogers did various jobs until settling with Gilstraps as a lorry driver and then yard foreman, remaining there until 1969 when the business closed.

He then started work at Henry Bells in Grantham, working his way up to works manager. He served the Lee family for the next 28 years and they became good friends.

When his daughter emigrated to Alberta, Canada, in 1980, he and Frieda visited every other year and watched their grandchildren and great-grandchildren growing up there.

Mr Rogers continued to work part-time from the age of 60 until fully retiring in 1998. He then bought a camper van and he and his wife travelled all over. They also spent 10 years wintering in Mallorca, where they made many Spanish friends.

In 2006 he was diagnosed with bladder cancer but the couple remained positive and he finished his treatment three years ago.

They sold the camper van and bought a caravan and based it in St Austell, Cornwall, where they also made many friends.

Four years ago their son moved to Mombasa with his job, leaving behind his two grown-up children and two grandsons in Grantham. Mr and Mrs Rogers visited him at Christmas and while there Mr Rogers celebrated his 80th birthday with a special party on a native dhow.

He was skilled at cross-stitch and made many pictures which have been distributed around the world. He was a happy, family man, who was especially attached to his great-grandson, Carter, aged three.

The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by the Rev Peter Hopkins.

Family mourners included: Frieda Rogers, Sue Burden, Alan Rogers, Sam and Jess Rogers, Laura Rogers, Jon Rayner and Debbie Rogers.

Other mourners included: Barbara Crunkhorn, Trevor and Christine Foss, Susan Gibson, Keith Meadows, Charles and Pauline Rolt, George and Beryl Billyeald, Christine Bardill, Euncie Palmer, Carol Foster, Dave Foster, Jane Reddish, Leslie and Eileen Selby, John and Margaret Hunter, Sid Diggins, Paul Arch, Kitty Bergin, Diane Thompson, Hayley Drury, Sharon Drury, Henry Desmond, Mick and Ann Beale, Janet Cooper, Neil Rogers, Sharon Rogers, Viv Collie, Tod Collie, Glenys Marshall, Tony and Vicky Fenton, Jenny and Russ James, Scott Rose, Julie Rogers, Shaun Ragsdale, Nigel Lord, Paul Rogers, Jane Rogers, Carol Godfrey, Sandra Ryan, Katie John, Eloise Gill, Tom Gill, Lee Ragsdale, Richard and Liz Healey, Jeff and Iris Mawman, Sharon Herbert, Daniel Herbert, Simon Herbert, Ollie Allen, Nev Hibbert, Linda Wink, John and Shirley Southgate, Tricia Welbourne, Christine and Gordon Herbert, Brenda Sharpe, Peter Drury, Ann Ross, Ken and Jean Bailey, Brian Durant, Jane and Jeff King, Robert Lee, Sophie Brewell, Olive Williams, Jeff Quanborough, David and Gill Alexander, Phil Cunnington, Jeanette Priestley, Frazer Stringfellow, Nicola and Rebecca Herbert, Brian Stubley, Mr V. Heppenstall (Berlvoir Cricket Club), Gordon and Joy Brown, Steve Mew, Ron Mew, Maureen Mew, Keith and Sylvia Rummey, Alison Cousins, Malcolm Hawkes, Peter Rogers, Miss P. Wellborn, Margaret Rogers, David Rogers, Freda Cobb, Zoe Inman, Jonathan Poulter, Clive and Jean Hobson, Keith and Carol Wormall, Joy Foster, Sandra Parnham, and Amanda O’Brien.

Funeral arrangements were by Co-operative Funeralcare, Bridge End Road, Grantham.

Donations to be divided between St Barnabas Hospice and SSAFA, amount to £450.