Obituary: Robert English

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Mr Robert Anthony English (Bob), of Edward Street, Grantham, has died in St Edmunds Nursing Home, Grantham. He was 73.

Mr Robert Anthony English (Bob), of Edward Street, Grantham, has died in St Edmunds Nursing Home, Grantham. He was 73.

Born in Grantham to Harold and Edith English, he was one of five brothers. His brothers have predeceased him.

In 1967 he married Mary at St John’s Church, Grantham. Their only daughter, Alison, was born in 1971.

He was educated at Bedford Modern Boarding School, followed by the Boys’ Central School, Grantham.

On leaving school he attended Caythorpe Agricultural College, then spent some time at Marston Farm, near Bourne.

After spending five years in the Royal Air Force, he took employment at Aveling Barford.

He then worked for Walkers Steel and finally at Newton House Nursing Home, where he was a gardener.

In his younger days he played cricket for Great Ponton Cricket Club as a left-handed fast bowler and was in the A League.

He also played for Aveling Barford’s table tennis team.

Mr English was an avid reader and he loved tending his allotment, something he had done for 36 years.

Robert Holland conducted the funeral service at Grantham Crematorium chapel. Cremation followed.

Family mourners were: Mary English, Alison English, Jake Beer, Lily and Tom Beer, Simon English, Sue and Tim English, Mrs M. Goundry, David and Karen Harnett, Chris and Fiona Goundry, Sue Seth Smith and Elaine Gilbert.

Other mourners included: Derek Church, David and Pamela Frankish, Jemma and Lucy Watson, Doreen Parkinson, Mr and Mrs Foston, Mr and Mrs Gibson, Beryl Allen, Trevor and Wendy Johnston, Maureen Dawson, Jean Newcombe, Pat Simpson, Margaret Parker, Barbara Pickering, Penny Gibson, Pam and Barry Ladds, Judy and Gerry Brent, Syd and Betty North, Ian De’ath, Gerald and Shirley Bond, Charles Scoffield, Ken Church, Tony and Marilyn Baines, Phil and Nancy Kempsall.

Mr R. Pearson, Mr and Mrs Welbourne, Lawrence Willetts, Bill Davies, Richard Graves, Jamie, Justine and Tom Gibson, Nigel Milne, Tracy Newman, Joyce Chambers, Dave Curtis, Shirley and Peter Dowson, John and Louise Needham, Colin Jones, Steven Richardson, Craig and Penny Pulfrey, John and Barbara Moore, Harold Hare, Phil Cunnington, Alan Hunt, Peter Reichelt, Anne Hackney (Willetts), Christopher Kelly, Martin Kelly, Ian Weston, Paul Weston, John Williams, Paul Milne, Shaun Simpson, Pauline Williams, Michelle Barker, Mr and Mrs A. L. Smith and Kevin Hardy.

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

Donations were received for Bowel Cancer UK.