TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular and well-known local farmer who “died doing what he loved”.
James Joseph Bond - known to all as Joe - owned the Harrowby Hill Estate prior to his death on February 2 of a heart attack aged 78.
Mr Bond, a farmer and mole catcher, died while tending his sheep with his dog, Whip, on Harrowby Hill.
Tim Lovelace, a lifelong friend of Mr Bond, said: “He was very popular and will be missed by hundreds of people.
“From the age of five I used to help him out during the lambing season then I would skive off school to help with the sheep shearing.
“He died doing what he loved and in the place he loved best. And how many people can say that?”
Mr Lovelace was named as executor of Mr Bond’s will along with another close friend, Mrs Elizabeth Udo, whose husband was a friend and fellow farmer.
Mrs Udo said: “He was a real character - a unique character and a lovely man. Everywhere he went people were fascinated by his stories and his tales of country life. He was a bit of a country bumpkin really.”
Details of the funeral arrangements will appear in a future edition of the Journal.