Sad farewell to ‘Jethro’

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A WELL-known Grantham character known to all as Jethro died on Friday at the age of 45.

Jethro - born Douglas Thomson in 1965 - leaves his partner Tracy Patsalides, mum Kathleen, twin brother Steven, brother Graham and sisters Donna and Diane.

Born and raised in Colchester, Jethro - who earned his nickname because of his resemblance to the popular comedian of the same name - trained as an arboriculturalist.

Around 20 years ago he became a traveller and lived in various places around the country, including Nottingham and Northampton.

Jethro came to Grantham in around 2001 and began sleeping in empty buildings or shop doorways.

He and his dog, Stig, became a regular sight in the town centre.

More recently he and Tracy lived in Shakespeare Avenue, Grantham.

Jethro died in Grantham Hospital on Friday. He had been unwell for some time and had suffered a stroke last year.

Jethro’s sister Diane described her brother as a free spirit.

She said: “He went on the road from 1985 and has been all over the country.

“He had an IQ of 162 and could have been in Mensa.

“It’s such a waste that he’s gone so young.”

Jethro suffered from dyslexia and had difficulties reading and writing, but was a skilled forester and aspired to becoming a teacher to pass on his skills.

l Jethro’s funeral takes place at Grantham Crematorium Chapel at 12.30pm on Wednesday (October 5).

The service will be followed by a private burial attended by family members and close friends.