Mr Charles William Plant (Bill), of Westland Road, Cottesmore, Rutland, has died in Grantham Hospital. He was 81.
Born in Barnack, Cambridgeshire, in 1930, he was the son of Charles and Anna. He had two younger sisters, Ruth and Margaret.
His mother died when he was 10.
In 1949 he met June, after leaving the Army. They married in 1954 and had a son, Mark in 1955 and daughter, Marie in 1958.
At the age of 14 he became an under gardener at Gunthorpe Hall. He then completed his National Service and following this he went on to work as under gardener at Harry Thorpe Market Garden in Oakham.
Mr Plant was then employed at Mirlees Blackstones in Stamford, as cam grinder and he remained there for 40 years. His interests were gardening, whist drives, bingo and watching sport. On his retirement he became groundsman for Cottesmore Amateur Football Club.
He was known for his large, beautiful garden, where he grew vegetables and huge chrysanthemums.
Robert Holland conducted the funeral service at Grantham Crematorium Chapel.
Family mourners included: June Plant, Marie Russell, Mark Plant, Patrick Russell, Darren Russell and Sharon Ballaam.
Other mourners included: Lynette Durham, Norma Shawyer, Jennie Keech, Robert Evans, Tony Russell, Keith Russell, Margaret Russell, Patricia Russell, Gordon McNeill, Shirley Smith, John and Christine Neal, Rosemary and Tony Harris, Neville Stafford, Michael Fennell, Edward Adams, Allan Westry, Tom and Gwen Coggan, Susan and Henry Ferguson and Carolyn Selby.
Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.
Donations were received for Empingham Medical Centre and Cottesmore Amateur Football Club.