Mr Horace Thornton, formerly of Dysart Road, Grantham, has died in St Edmunds Nursing Home, Worcester Road, Grantham. He was 88.
Mr Thornton was born in Branston, Leicestershire, the son of Walter and Elizabeth Thornton. He was one of seven children, having three brothers, David, Aubrey and Derek and three sisters, Marion, Evelyn and Christine.
He was the husband of Jillian and father to Denise and Martyn.
Mr Thornton began work as an apprentice at Holwell Steel Works. He moved to the ironstone quarries at Harlaxton as an engineer. He later became a depot manager for Redpath Dorman Long at Asfordby, until retirement.
As a young man he played in goal for Denton Football Club and also played cricket for Branston village. He was a keen gardener and later he took up bowling for Knipton Bowls Club.
The funeral service was held at St Guthlac’s Church, Branston-by-Belvoir, conducted by the Rev Rowena Bass. Burial followed in the churchyard.
Family mourners included: Denise Thornton, Martyn Thornton, Barbara Thornton, Rob Mills, Gary Thornton, Jonathan Thornton, Richard Thornton, Archie Redwood-Mills, Christine Bond, Terry Bond.
Other mourners included: Mr and Mrs P. Dowland, Mr and Mrs J. Goodacre, Mr G. Christian, Mr J. Green, Mr an dMrs B. Taylor, Mr and Mrs M. Daughton, Mr and Mrs P. Cowlishaw, Mrs D. Wood, Mrs S. Mann, Mr and Mrs G. Smith, Mr and Mrs J. Noble, Mrs Y. Martin, G. Worn, Mr and Mrs K. Durrands, Mrs A. Markham, Mr and Mrs D. Carlton, Mr and Mrs N. Neal, Mrs P. Thornton, Mrs C. Jackson, Mr and Mrs A. and J. Bond, Mr and Mrs A. and S. Bond, Mr M. Taylor, Mrs M. Taylor, Mr and Mrs J. Keevil, Mr C. Dickinson, Mr R. Crowder, Mr A. Baggaley, Mr D. Simons, M. C. Coggins, Mr and Mrs K. Davies, Mrs D. Fardell, Mr and Mrs G. Harris, B. Jefferson, Mr and Mrs P. Edgely, Mrs D. Sharpe, Mrs J. Saunders, Mr and Mrs K. Abbs, Mr B. Watchorn, Mr G. Stafford, Mr and Mrs T. Walker, Mr H. Selby, Mr and Mrs G. Pearson, Mr B. Hollingworth, Mr and Mrs A. Sheardown, Mr P. Sheardown, and Mr and Mrs K. Richardson.
Funeral arrangements were by Geeson Funeral Directors, Westgate, Grantham.
Donations for the British Heart Foundation amount to £580 to date.