Farewell to Grantham’s ‘Waterworks Smith’

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Well-known Grantham man Ian Smith has died, aged 96.

Many people will remember Mr Smith driving around in his vintage Fiat, or as the man who designed and built the landmark water tower in Grantham’s Gorse Lane.

He moved to Grantham in 1938 to take up work at Grantham Waterworks, going on to lay the town’s water mains and build the tower and several reservoirs - earning him the nickname ‘Waterworks Smith’.

His biggest passion was old cars, and over the years he owned Aston Martins and Bentleys, but his Fiat was the love of his life, according the other love of his life, wife Jacky.

She said: “We went all over the continent with the old car.” Mrs Smith said she has received countless cards, letters and phone calls since Ian passed away.

She added: “He was somebody who was always happy and had a love of life and of Grantham.”

A funeral service will be held at St Wulfram’s Church on Monday at 10am.