Mr Ronald Geary, of Corby Glen, has died in St Andrew’s Nursing Home, Ewerby, near Sleaford. He was 92.
Mr Geary was born in Oldham, Greater Manchester in 1921.
He went to shool in Chadderton, Oldham, where a fellow pupil at the same time was the comedian Eric Sykes.
In the 1930s he moved with his family to Corby, Northamptonshire, working from the age of 17 until his retirement as a senior progress planner.
He took up the drums as a hobby and that talent stayed with him all his life.
Shortly after his marriage to Gwendolen he was called up into the RAF, where he trained as a Morse Code operator. He was part of the mobile airfield unit intended for D-Day plus 2, but ended up in North Germany in September 1944. He continued to play the drums in the RAF. Later he played for a well-known Kettering dance band, the Richardson Players.
He and his wife moved to Corby Glen to be near to their family and they lived in Willoughby Close for over 20 years, making lots of new friends.
As well as enjoying carpentry and belonging to the Caravan Club, he was playing the drums well into his eighties at Stamford Arts Theatre with the College Players.
His marriage to Gwendolen lasted 70 years until her death in January 2013. He leaves two daughters, Elaine and her husband Ian, Christine and her husband Ted, grandson Paul and his wife Lisa, grandson Adam and wife Kate, plus five great-grandchildren, Kieran, Taiya, Enid, Ted and baby Elliot.
The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by David Creasey.
Family mourners included: Elaine and Ian Wilson, Christine and Ted Smyth, Paul Smyth, and Adam Smyth.
Other mourners included: Daphne Duff, John and Nancy Simpson, Penelope Julian, Joanna Anderson, David and Helen Porter, Sarah Hunt, Martyn Ward, Sally Wright (St Andrew,s Nursing Home), and Caroline Duffy (St Andrew,s Nursing Home).
Funeral arrangements were by E. Walsingham and Son Funeral Directors, Corby Glen.
Donations were received for the Alzheimer’s Society.