Mr Ernest Chamberlain (known as Ernie), of Purcell Close, Grantham, has died at home. He was 79.
Mr Chamberlain was born in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, in September 1924, the son of Percy and Mary.
He had three brothers, Jim, John and Eddie. Both Jim and Eddie have predeceased him.
He spent his early years in Gunthorpe. The family moved to Grantham in the 1930s, so that his father could attend the Ministry of Pensions Hospital, and lived in Agnes Street.
He attended Little Gonerby School (now Belvoir House Nursing Home) before moving on to the Boys’ Central School.
After school he became an apprentice at R. H. Neal, a crane manufacturing company, until called-up for his National Service. He was stationed in Queensland, Australia, while in the Fleet Air Arm. He served as an aircraft mechanic.
After the Second World War he returned to Neal’s as an engineering fitter and remained there until 1960 when he joined Aveling Barford. He was a fitter and then became a foreman inspector in the paint shop.
After being made redundant in 1987, he worked as a freelance inspector for Crown Agents until he retired in 1989.
In 1947 he met Sheila at a hostel dance. They married the following year and during their honeymoon in London, they witnessed the Olympic torch relay.
After a short time living in Union Street, Grantham, the couple moved to Agnes Street, where their children Carol and Brian were born. The family then moved to Purcell Close in 1954 and have lived there ever since. In 1968 a second daughter, Amanda, was born.
Mr Chamberlain had always had an ambition to return to Australia and he fulfilled this when he went there to celebrate his Golden Wedding.
His main interests were gardening, writing poetry and DIY. His next door neighbour once entered his garden into a competition and the judges were so impressed with Mr Chamberlain’s garden next door that they awarded him a special commendation. He once won a prize for his compost heap that was made into the shape of a grand piano. It made the national news.
Mr Chamberlain wrote poems for all significant family events such as births, marriages, anniversaries and deaths. As a DIY enthusiast he built his summerhouse, where he would write his poetry.
He enjoyed playing cards, particularly cribbage and was a member of the Beehive team and played in the Grantham League.
He also liked watching football and supported his local team and was a member of Nottingham Forest Football Club’s supporters’ club during the 1960s.
The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by Robert Holland.
Family mourners included: Sheila Chamberlain, Brian Chamberlain, Carol Paton, Amanda, Steve, Alec, and Aidan West, John and Dorothy Chamberlain, Neville and Jean Bellamy, Chris and Sue Chamberlain, Stephen and Margaret Chamberlain, Andrew Chamberlain, Clare Paton, Alison and Ian Carter, Susan Chamberlain, Dennis Glover, Mr and Mrs Stoker, Mr and Mrs G. Handley, Rosemary Parsons, Cilla Chamberlain, Diane Durkin, Maureen Newcombe, Rex Wilcox, and Peter and Linda Higgs.
Other mourners included: Olive West, David Manuel, Ruth Allen, Ken and Irene Atter, Mr and Mrs P. Peatman, Richard Tuxworth, Mr and Mrs George, Pete and Ann Hoyes, Ann Topps, Michael Johnson, Colin Rump, Ray Smith, Richard Leverett, Bill Jackson, Harold Hare, Keith Hart, Linda Draper, Ted Wainwright, Zenia Ferguson, Michael Jackson, Lilian Corley, and Rosemary Bottom.
Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.
Donations were received for Marie Curie Cancer Care.