Obituary: Mr Noel Mitchell

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Mr Noel Mitchell, has died at home. He was 74.

Born in Balderton, Newark, he was the youngest of 11 children.

After school he began work as a butchery errand boy and later joined his two brothers in their butchery business in Caythorpe.

He met his future wife at a dance in Marston and they were married in Long Bennington 53 years ago.

The couple’s first home was in Newark. They have two sons, Nicholas and Tony.

Mr Mitchell and his wife ran her family’s bakery shop in Long Bennington and when the bakery closed, he spent time working at Fenland Foods in Grantham. He later turned the shop into a house, doing much of the work himself.

During the 1990s he turned his hand to making pine furniture, later turning his garage into a workshop where he continued making furniture and bird boxes.

Mr Mitchell was able to mend anything, and he always had a project on the go. He was generous with both his time and equipment and was never idle.

His interests included fishing and golf.

The Rev Stella Langdon-Davies conducted the funeral service at Grantham Crematorium Chapel.

Family mourners included: Pat Mitchell, Nicholas Mitchell, Anthony Mitchell, Betty and Tony Smart, Sheila and Brian Haugh, Eunice Mitchell, Annette Mitchell, Sarah Harrison, Peter and Julie Hill, Marian Bishop, Robert Hartley, Mark Hartley, Peter and Bridget Crutlafield, Barry and Diane Baggaley, Tony and Betty Smart, Cynthia Mann, Dennis Carr, Jean Carr, Neil and Cheryl Harrison, David Harrison, Tony Kirton, John Baggaley, and Jane Widdowson.

Other mourners included: Mr J. Storey, Jo Kyte, Lynn Robinson, Fiona Norris (British Red Cross), Frank and Eileen Eggleston, Nicole Henderson, Mick Riley, Bob Burland, Don Welburn, David Hillam, Brenda and Ken Pettener, John Willis, Julie and Andrew Smith, Pam Rees, John and Jan Orrey, Sue Marris, Sylvia Hallam, Primrose Matthews, John and Joan Davies, Derek and Joyce Ablewhite, Tom and Pat Walker, Brian Potts, Linda Burt (Hall), Shelagh Tresigne, Clare Hockenhull, Valerie Richardson, Pearl Farmer, Beryl Fearn, Christine Lee and Peter Rogers, Mick Mawson, David Baggaley, Diane Baggaley, Sarah Baggaley, Andrew and Kay Peebles, John Elner, R. A. Fox, A. D. Mackemdor, Joan Widdowson, Pat Morgan, Margaret Brewer, Dorothy Scott, Gerry Barkham, Keith Robertshaw, Ron, Shirley and Liz Martin, Anne and Barry Quin, Jean and David Glanville, Jim and Brian Coomber, Mick Beale, and Trevor and Lorna Capes.

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

Donations to be divided between Marie Curie Cancer Care and St Barnabas Hospice amount to £432.62 to date.