Mr George Edward Murphy, of Derwent Road, Grantham, has died at home. He was 79.
Mr Murphy was born in Elswick, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the second eldest of five children born to the late Sydney and Elizabeth Murphy.
In June 1955 he married Shirley and they had three daughters, Barbara, Janet and Catherine, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Mr Murphy’s first job was at the Co-op on Dudley Road, Grantham.
He then did his National Service and on returning home, he worked at Tersons. He was later employed at BMARC, from where he retired.
In his younger days he played football for Harrowby United and had trials for Notts County.
He became secretary for the Westend Pigeon Club.
Mr Murphy enjoyed all outdoor sports as well as boxing, football, fishing, cricket and Formula 1 motor racing.
The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by Robert Holland.
Family mourners included: Shirley Murphy, Barbara Brown, Janet Credland, Catherine Auckland, Graham Auckland, Dale Murphy, Alexandra Murphy, Myrtle Harris and Bill Harris.
Other mourners included: Tony and Elaine Grant, Conway Grant, Claire Grant, Alyssa Smith, Peter Credland, Kirsty Credland, Jan Waddington, Lorraine Adcock, Rita and John Plummer, Geoff Watson, Arthur Curtis, Steve Taylor, Paddy Walsh, Michelle Carroll, Angela Clarke, Margaret Shill, Ann Bloomer, Norman Patterson, John and Anne Murphy, Len and Isobel Hart, Michael Le-Hair, Fay Johnson, Diane Toulson, Sarah Toulson, Maureen Newcombe, Walter Auckland, Timothy Auckland, Mary Down, Dieter Drechsler, Ann and Lance Gilbert, Margaret Kimberley, Hazel Fowler, VIcky Newton, Carol Richardson, Doug Bullock, Pauline McGeown, Saun Morton, Kevin Morton, Mark and Marie Lees, Julie Harrison, Betty Smith, Verena Brackenbury, Dennis Brackenbury, Samantha Stewart, Brian and Maggie Dodwell, Laura Allen, Nadine Wright, Sheila Britten, Dawn Stephens, Mr and Mrs P. Harby, Ted and Chris Welberry, Jack and Heather Murphy, Calvin Harrington, Ann and Stuart Macarthy, Sheree and Paul King, Ray Toon, Derrick Whitbread, Diane Whitbread, Ann and George Fletcher, Dianne Martin, Pat Carter, Cath Chapman, Sarah Exton, Ken Fowell, Kevin Dawson, Darren and Nicola Auckland, and Terry Parkinson.
Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.
Donations for Glenfield Hospital and St Barnabas Hospice amount to £205.87 to date.