Tributes paid to well-known antique dealer and historian

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a Grantham man who made the news in the 1970s when he found a massive hoard of Roman silver.

John Dable, who died on Wednesday aged 77, lived in Gonerby Hill Foot.

He leaves his children Jeremy, Julian, Antonia and Alexandra, as well as 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. His wife, Joan, predeceased him.

Daughter Antonia Dable said: “One of the reasons he was so well known in Grantham is that he was the sort of person who a lot of people knew because he made them happy.

“He was a very optimistic, relentlessly cheery person.

“He was the sort of person that a lot of people would talk to because he would cheer them up in their daily lives.”

Mr Dable was born in Nottingham in 1933.

He attended Nottingham Colege of Art before becoming an appentice typesetter and later serving in the RAF.

Mr Dable and his family moved to Westborough in 1964 to give his children chance to grow up in the countryside and take advantage of the Grantham area’s schools.

He and Jean moved to Gonerby Hill Foot in 1975.

Mr Dable made his living by selling antiques in newark, Westborough and Grantham.

But his interest in history extended beyond his working life and he was a keen archaeologist.

He was often seen in fields around Grantham with his metal detector, and in 1977 he made a huge find of silver coins dating from the days of the Roman Empire.

The discovery was made near Londonthorpe, and the area was put under police guard until the hoard was safely recovered.

The Denarius coins were donated to Lincoln Museum.

Antonia said: “He was often seen with his metal detector, but he had a low opinion of treasure seekers and would always donate his finds to museums.

“His passion was archaeology and antiques, and he had a particular interest in Roman antiquity.

“He could spot the site of a Roman homestead just by looking at the bumps on a field.”

Among Mr Dable’s other interests were flying and rock climbing and potholing - using his skills to become a member of a cave rescue team.

l A memorial service for Mr Dable takes place at St Sebastian’s Church, Great Gonerby, at 1.30pm on Thursday, November 10.

Donations are being accepted for a memorial tree and bench.

For more details, contact Co-operative Funeral Care on 01476 570023.