Mr A. L. Eckford

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MR Albert Leonard Eckford (Len), of Church Street, Long Bennington, has died in Grantham Hospital. He was 95.

He was born in St Marylebone, London.

Mr Eckford served in the Territorial Army pre-Second World War. During the war he was resuced from the sea at Dunkirk. He landed in France on D-Day with the Royal Artillery. He was the third and surviving son of Henry and Hester. Henry was killed in France in 1917.

In December 1950 he married June. They later had a son, Ian. In 1988 he moved from London to Long Bennington. Mr Eckford worked for BT as a driver, delivering machinery and equipment all over the country. His interests were driving and fishing but he had to give up both when diagnosed with glaucoma three years ago.

He used to cycle around the village until around four years ago and then used a mobile scooter. He loved to talk to people and made many friends.

The Rev Lilian Hall conducted the funeral service at Grantham Crematorium Chapel.

Family mourners included: June Eckford and Ian Eckford.

Other mourners included: Gordon and Anne Smith, David and Jill King, David and Katy Hallam, David Baggley, Pat Mitchell, Mr and Mrs Quinn, Allen and Daphne Nicholl, Primrose Matthews, Sylvia Hallam, Evelyn Bale, Paul Bennett, Kate Bell and Carole Lee.

Funeral arrangements were by Geeson Funeral Directors, Westgate, Grantham.

Donations were received for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.