Obituary: Mr John William Saggers

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Mr John William Saggers, of Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir has died at his home. He was 72.

He was born in Long Clawson, and the family later moved to Asfordby Hill, where he attended school. He then went to Melton Boys’ Modern School, where he made lifelong friends.

His main interests at school were sport and woodwork.

When he was young he had his first shed, and many more followed. For his birthdays and Christmas he always asked for tools so he could continue to make things.

After school he worked for Melton Woodyard, followed by a six-year apprenticeship in Frisby on the Wreake, during which time he also attended college. He worked on many house restorations and in particular Brooksby Hall.

During this time he met and married Dorothy and they moved to Waltham-on-the-Wolds, where he set up an antique furniture business, later moving to different premises on a farm at Eaton.

After his marriage to Dorothy ended, he lived at Bescaby, and by now he had taken on two apprentices.

Mr Saggers later met Mal and following their marriage they moved to Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir with their families - Dean, Emma, Julia and Anita. Here they spent their spare time renovating their cottage and built a showroom and workshop.

Dean always showed an interest in his father’s work and was always happy to spend time with him and help him.

Over the years Mr Saggers restored many items of furniture, some of which were sent to Australia. He also worked on items for Princess Anne and Kevin Keegan.

He enjoyed socialising and having meals out, spending time with his family and friends. He was always ready with a joke or a listening ear.

Mr Saggers also became a body builder to national standard and after retiring from body building, he became a member of Grantham Classic Car Club, taking an active part, organising runs and holidays. Thirty or so members in their classic cars followed the hearse from Mr Saggers’ home, through Muston to Bottesford Church. Mr Saggers’ own Triumph TR4A car was driven by his son Dean.

The funeral service was held at St Mary’s Church, Bottesford, conducted by Judith Wells. Burial followed.

Family mourners included: Mal Saggers, Dean and Louise Saggers, Emma and Kevin Mowat, Julia and Nigel Kime, Thomas Peall, Anita and Ross Murphy, Nathan Garrat, Ron and Amy Saggers, Hayley O’Shea, Joyce and David Barker, Janice Burdett, Glynis Saggers and Jean Baker, Rod and Liz Little, Doreen and Fred Bailey, Mike and Jane Steadman, Ann and Jeff Davis, Stella Baker, Pauline and David Squires, Marie Ewatt, Cherry Hare, Emma Thorold, Colin and Sue Howard, Dorothy and Ken Healiss, Maggie and Mike Clayton, Robert and Sue Lee, Bob and Barbara Kime, Bill and Barbara Mowat, Brian and Carol Lound, Vic and Irene Smyth.

Other mourners included: Representing Grantham Classic Car Club: Mike and Linda Whiston, Tony and Margaret Toplis, David and Rosemary Sharman, Maureen and Charles Pickford, Mike and Janice Charity, Angela and Tony Mumby, Les and Glynis Perrin, Jim Green, Roy and Heather Stafford, Pauline and Andy Martin, Colin, Kay and Pam Patchett, Richard and Chris Glenn, Sally and Malcolm Forder, Bill and Phyliss Sanderson, Pete Holmes, Carolyn and John Ward, Linda and Brian Taylor, Vicky Ward, Mark Baker, Sue Dicks, F. D. Lackley, Andrew Hollingworth, Chris Hubbard, Colin Fletcher, Nigel and Katrina Beacroft, John and Jill Short, John Welham, Stuart McKay, Eric Scruton, Paul and Linda Thompson, Andrew Lee, and Piers Townsend.

Sue and Jim Beadman, Jeff Pritchett, Norma and Ray Thompson, Heila and Steven Burdall, Iris and Jim Griffin, Paddy Williams, Elaine and David Green, Igor Humphries and Carol Ryams, Neil, Peter and Sheila Murphy, Robert Jenkins, Jenny Salmon, Sue and Gilbert Ward, Diane Watson, Sue Hale, John Coleman, Kenneth Oliver, Richard (Dick) Bailey, Mark Gilder, Ian and Neil Rayson, Pauline Austin, Mr and Mrs D. Rear, William and Virginia Hurrell, Angela Skailes, Lol Crafer, Brian Hart, Geoff Harness, Alan and Janet East, Andrew Lord, Phil Vincent, Josephine Doubleday, Brian and Eileen Harrison, Christopher Green, Jane Fawcett, Enid Roys, Graham Hayton-Hill, Peter and Elizabeth Lomatchinsky, James Hazelden, Mr and Mrs Hani, and Ron Penn.

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

Donations to be divided between Marie Curie Cancer Care and St Barnabas Hospice, Grantham, amount to £870.16 to date.