Obituary: Mr P. W. Knapp

Mr Peter William Knapp.
Mr Peter William Knapp.

Mr Peter William Knapp, of Hungate, Road, Denton, has died. He was 74.

Mr Knapp was born in Sproxton and attended Sproxton Primary School, Melton Senior School and Melton College.

He was the partner of Linda Thorpe and brother of Roy Knapp.

Mr Knapp leaves his children Joanne McMunn and Andrew and Fuinie Knapp, step-children Christopher and Lisa Thorpe, Martin and Leanne Thorpe, Michelle and Michael Phillips, grandchildren, Sally, Emily, Scarlett, Carl, Ben, Brendon, Sam, Allan, Shannon and Georgia-Mae and great-grandson, Taylor-James.

After leaving school he worked in farming. He then worked at Sproxton Ironstone Works from 1954 to 1967.

He lived in Sproxton until 1959 when he joined the army for his National Service. During this time he excelled as an all-round sportsman, playing football for the regiment. He was medically discharged after a phosphorous grenade had entered his tank.

Mr Knapp then worked at Corby Steel Works, Northamptonshire, and his children, Joanne and Andrew were born in Corby. The family then moved to Grantham, where he was employed at Walker Steel until being made redundant.

He then worked as a bus driver for Lincs Road Car until retiring in 2006.

Mr Knapp met Linda in 1988 and they moved to Denton, where they spent 25 happy years together.

His greatest passion was cricket, playing for Sproxton and then Croxton Kerrial but he loved any sport.

He enjoyed watching Grantham football and always had an opinion on the game.

He liked to walk his dog around Denton reservoir and going for a pint with his friends.

The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel.

Mourners, other than the immediate family, included: David, Maxine and Steven Hurt, Steven Gibson, Mr and Mrs Pittam, Barbara and Bernard Gibson, Bunt and Pamela De’Ath, Mr and Mrs Clapton, Gill and Cliff Jones, Jane Jackson, Mr R. Jackson, Neil Shakespeare, Gareth Bartsch, David Moore, Kate Dowling, Mr and Mrs Shafto, Debbie Holland, Brian and Margaret Lowe, Gemma Gardecki, Rachel Toseland, David Jeremy, Victoria Manley, Sally and Graham Welham, Shannon Porter, Bryan Hollingworth, Keith and Jill Hiley, Kimberley Foister, Margaret Foister, Margaret Prendeville, Mr and Mrs B. Gregory and Oliver, John Brammer, Jessica Welby, Dominic Welby, Natasha Bell, Christopher and Joyce Turtle, Kerry Bingham, Bob Taylor, Carol and John Meads, Barry and Lynn Selby, Colin and Anne Crump, Harold Wood, John Pearce, John Watchorn, Dave Crossland, Brian and Linda Doughty, Thelma Newman, George Fletcher, Darren Lawson, Theresa Lawson, Carla Lawson, Sandra Lawson, Paul Hurt, Heidi Hurt, Sharon Hurt, Andrew Ramsden, Tom Hurt, Nicola Clucas, Stanley Birch (Sproxton Cricket Club), Wendy Yates, David Newman, Roy and Rhi Clark, John Crossland, Ian McMunn, Chris Hunt, Ryan Foster, Vera Moore, Derrick Burrows, Amanda Sharpe, David Copley, Mike Copley, Sully Fazal, Tony Balfe, Pamela Freeman, Pauline Cox, Emma and Antony Driver, Joan Bestwick, Elaine Wright, Dawn James, Lesley and Paul Hanson, Brian Watchorn, Colin Clark, Mr and Mrs N. Clark, Lisa Gibson, David Wittle, Simon and Helen Lindley, Chris Garton, Keith Wyles, Eric Tyler, David and Joanne Penford, Paul Hanson, Ruth Scott, John Skinner, Tony and Alison Prothero, John and Sandra Webster, Albert Bristow, David Mitchell, Joyce Schmidt (Croxton Kerrial Sports and Social Club), Phil Chambers, Peter Spridgens, Jane Scotson, Olivia Heslin, Andy Taylor, Zippy, John Evans, Clive Baker, Don Myring, Mr and Mrs Parr, Emma Spridgens, Tom Devine, Dave and Elaine Jackson, Karen and Lee Barrett, Barbara Rowlandson, Nina Preston, Sharon Welbourne, Billy McNeish, John Davis, Louise Pearson, Calum Welbourn, Marilyn Welbourn, Abby Welbourn, Malcolm Welbourn,

Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.

Donations were received for The Dogs Trust.