Obituary: Mr J. K. Round

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Mr John Kelvin Round has died at home. He was 64.

Born in Grantham, he was the eldest son of Jack and Dorothy and brother to Nick and Richard. He attended Belton Lane Primary School and the Boys’ Central School.

He met his wife, Jean, at Grantham College and they were married in 1975 at St Mary’s Church, Bottesford. They had two children. He was a very proud and loving father to Victoria and Matthew, father-in-law to Mike and Michelle and devoted grandpa to Olivia, Ellie, Finnlay and Barney.

Mr Round worked in Leicester for a while and then at Kontak Manufacturing in Grantham. He then worked for his father in the family firm, W. H. Round and Sons, painting and decorating.

For a time he also had a stall on Grantham Market and attended markets in the area, before setting up his own painting and decorating business, K. J. Round, which he ran for over 16 years until ill health prevented him from carrying this on.

Mr Round had a keen interest in stamp collecting, which became his main hobby and helped in developing his interest in history.

He had a love of sports, including golf and rugby, but his passion was cricket, which he played in his teens. He helped with the Belvoir under-12s kwik cricket team and was thrilled for the team when they played during the interval at Trent Bridge on the last day of a Test match.

He followed his parents into the Scout movement for a while and was cub scout leader for the 7th Grantham group.

When the plight of young Anthony Nolan in need of a bone marrow transplant came to media attention, he immediately set about raising funds, firstly through donations and later with a group of friends, staging further events ranging from dances to sponsored bike rides and charity stalls.

Mr Round had the gift of being able to talk to anyone, anywhere about anything and he had a great knowledge of the Grantham area and people round about.

He will be remembered for his caring ways, sense of humour and the banter he shared with anyone he had a conversation with, especially his customers from running his own business and his time working as a market trader.

The funeral service was held at Holy Trinity Church, Allington, conducted by the Rev Stella Langdon-Davies. Burial followed in the churchyard. Matthew, Nick and Mike were pall-bearers at the service.

Family mourners included: Jean Round, Victoria and Matthew, Mike, Michelle, Nick Round, Haley Round, Carolyn and Paul Blake, Beryl Hall, Deborah and Paul Yabsley, Tony Round, Michael Round, John and Sue Ball, David and Rita Ball, Ann and Steve Bollard, Vivien and Mike Hadlow, Stuart and Caroline Ball, Andrew and Jane Ball, Gill Ball, J. P. Fardell, Marianne Mortimer and Nicola Parry, Fiona and John Warren, Bill Burrows and John Burrows.

Other mourners included: John Swallow, Mark Tilford, Harvey Shelton, Haley Shelton, Peter and Linda Shelton, Bob Burland, Janet Wood, Pam Powell, Roger Wakerley, Lisa and David Chadwick, Rich Greenfield and Jo Murphy, Keith Fiddler, Mr and Mrs Locton, Jane Sharp, Ann Jackson, James and Rachael O’Reilly, Brian and Anne Durant, Sharon Cragg, Norma Davies, Lesley Horsfall, Brian and Janina Kufluk-Thackery, Mike and Anne Whitington, David Mahoney, Pete Geeson, Theresa Tanner, Paul Tanner, John Taylor, Alan and Marian Hubbard, Karen Cook and Deborah Thompson, Fay Hill, Chris and Margaret Dicket, Barbara and Bill Wood, Peter Hooper, Jeanie Hooper, Gaynor McKay, G. Harmsworth, Peter and Kath Gittins, Bill and Glen Ablitt, Michael Halls, Roger Edwards, Ron and Betty Atkinson, Tony and Ann Hind, Sarah and Karl Hagland, Mr and Mrs D. Evans, Frank Szablewski, Deborah Franks, Jose Correia, Brenda and Bernard Oliver, Carolyne Braybrooke, Richard Twiner, Diana and Sean Powell, Sybil and Michael Hubbard, Jan Dutfield, John Brown, Sally Hollingsworth, Amanda Parker, Aaron Whittikar, Leanne Bowers and Fay Johnson.

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

Donations for The Anthony Nolan Trust and The Childrens Air Ambulance amount to £425.50 to date.