MR Brian Thomas Austin has died in Grantham Hospital. He was 68.
He was born in Ab Kettleby in June 1943. He attended school in the village and later Melton Mowbray Boys’ Modern School, where his love of sport began.
After school he began work at Melton Wood Yard, where he remained until joining the Army, at the age of 19. He served in the Glenfield Royal Leicestershire Regiment, spending time in Hong Kong, Borneo and Malta. During this time he played in the cricket team and also the athletics team, excelling at the javelin.
When he returned to Ab Kettleby he resumed playing cricket and he also played darts for the village and Melton Mowbray. He later played golf at Carlton Scroop and enjoyed watching all sport on the television.
For 20 years he worked as a driver at Proctor’s Transport, travelling all over the UK.
It was while living in Langar, that he met Pauline and they moved to Redmile in 1995 and married a year later.
The couple enjoyed caravan holidays and also holidays abroad, including Madeira, Majorca and Malta and they went on their first cruise last April, followed by another in July.
Mr Austin looked forward to family visits, playing dominoes with them and also trips to Belvoir Castle and the seaside. He played darts for The Windmill team at Redmile.
A committal service took place at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, followed by a service at St Peter’s Church, Redmile, both conducted by Judith Wells.
Family mourners included: Pauline Austin, Neil Rayson, Stuart and Katy Rayson, Ian and Sherry Rayson, Mark Rayson, Gemma Pick, Harriett Rayson, Polly Rayson, Harry Rayson, Oliver Rayson, Joseph Rayson, George Rayson, Lauren Thorpe, Kyle Thorpe, Joy Davis, Ron Reeke, and Mavin and Norman Sayers.
Other mourners included: Brian Watchorn, Dorothy Watchorn, Jonathan Watchorn, Fiona Watchorn and Greg Herbert, John Watchorn, Robbie Allen, Denis Foran, Victor Sherwood, David Mars, Peter Fazackerley, Chris Morris, Peter Brettle, Victoria Cook, Sky Cook, Lynne Cook and Andy Cook, Steven and Julie Cook, Donna Davis, Tina Darby, Bruce Starbuck, Peter and Elaine Trowell, Andy and Mel Gray, Colin, Barbara, Ellie and Mia Baker, Mr and Mrs R. Osborne, Paul Janney, Glenda Howarth, Adrian Hydes, Sue and Russell Whitehead, Sally Sharp, Tracey Neville, Katherine Hawkins, Richard Sayers, Nalda and John Shipman, James Lawless, Pat Lawless, Mr D. Turner, Nina and Colin Clayton, Pam and Peter Franklin, Paul and Linda Glover, Gordon and Betty Brooks, Ed Halloran, Chris Minter, Alison Westby, William Laywood, Nicky Need, Pete Morris, Freda Stanley, George Tinkley, Yvonne Johnson, Brian and Emily Hutchinson, Pat West, Martin Fazackerley, Jo Sharpless, Amanda Sayers, and Doug and Pearl Turner.
Funeral arrangements were by William Roberts and Sons, Devon Lane, Bottesford.
Donations to be divided between the haematology department at Nottingham City Hospital, and Ab Kettleby Church amount to £453.94 to date.