Obituary: Mr Ivan Stanley Burch

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Mr Ivan Stanley Burch, of Manthorpe Road, Grantham, has died. He was 88.

He was born in Grantley Street, Grantham, in 1926.

Mr Burch attended Spitalgate School. His family later moved to The Bricklayer’s Arms public house.

After school he trained as a plumber and his family by then lived at The Wagon and Horses public house on Manthorpe Road.

At the age of 18 he went to Scotland, where he joined The Black Watch. Mr Burch was a D-Day veteran, landing on Sword Beach and was mentioned in dispatches. He was a Black Watch soldier through and through, making lifelong friends, with whom he kept in contact regularly.

He met his future wife Henrietta, known as Hennie, during the occupation of Germany and they married in 1947. She became a nursing sister at Grantham Hospital.

After his demobilisation the family set up home at Alma Park and their daughter Pamela was born there.

Mr Burch then worked at Ransome and Marles in Newark for 18 years.

He bought his first property in 1953, which he renovated and it became the start of his property portfolio.

He was well known and much respected as a local business man.

Mr Burch enjoyed motoring and motor cars and spent holidays in Scotland, Holland, Germany and Italy.

He was a founder member of Belton House Pipe Band, playing the bagpipes.

He loved spending time with his grandsons Stuart and James.

His wife died 10 years ago after 56 years of married life.

Mr Burch was a self made man, a gentleman and a Black Watch soldier to the end.

The funeral service was held at St John the Evangelist Church, Manthorpe, conducted by Denhys Lambley. Cremation followed in Grantham.

Family mourners included: Pam and Geoff Meadows, Stuart and James Meadows, John Burch, Axel Winshuh, Jade White, Aden Meadows and Michelle Hoyes.

Other mourners included: Carole Pigott, Maria Dalton and Helen Morris (Pigott and Hall), Martyn Want (Buckley Wand), Janet Fitt and Ann Kightley (Gilder Care), Andre and Patricia Finney, Vicky White, Chris Garton, Denise Bill, Robin and Brenda Hall, Colin Smith, Andrew Walker, Alec (Newark), Tim Hall, Paul Smart, Sam Pretty, Peter Love, John Earth, Peter Collin, Sylvia Merritt, Margaret Galvin, Sylvia Cranfield, Pearl Parker, Virginia Hutton, John and Pauline Gilbert-Jupp, Gloria Topps, Matthew Thompson, Elaine and Brian Coupe, Simon Caunt, Iris Hall, Margaret and John Hunter, Brian Pashley, Margaret Pashley, Rachel Pashley, Richard and Fran Thompson, Pat Brooks, John Clark (Greenwoods), Emma Louise Bradley, Ian Coaten, Fred Bools, Katrina Glover, and Bill James(Piper).

Funeral arrangements were by William Roberts and Sons, Devon Lane, Bottesford.

Donations for The Black Watch Association amount to £190.20 to date.