MR John Garratt, of Bingham, has died in Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham. He was 87.
Mr Garratt was born at Manor Farm, Kingston upon Soar, Nottinghamshire. He attended the local prep school there, followed by Loughborough Grammar School. During the Second World War the farm was taken over by the university, so his father bought Manor Farm in Elton. The family lived in Skegness for one year before moving to the farm when he was 17 and he farmed there until the age of 70, taking over when his father died in 1944. In 1958 he married Jean in a double wedding ceremony with her sister, Julia and partner Trevor. He and Jean had four daughters, Sarah, Mary, Rachel and Vicotria. Victoria died two and a half years ago.
Mr Garratt loved the countryside and its activities and he re-planted a 13-acre wood by hand. He was also fond of the Burleigh Horse Trials and enjoyed following the local hunt. He joined Flintham Ploughing Match committee and was president in 1989 and he regularly met friends there until last year. The family enjoyed days out to Sutton on Sea, boating holidays and holidays in cottages in the West Country. Later he and his wife took holidays further afield to Florence, Rome, Prague, Canada, ski-ing and a cruise around the British Isles.
During his retirement Mr Garratt liked to be active and enjoyed gardening in Elton and later Bingham, where he moved to 12 years ago. He was also involved with the Probus Club. Mr Garratt served the Church as warden at Elton for over 50 years and later was a faithful worshipper at Bingham Church.
A committal service took place at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, followed by a service at St Mary and All Saints Church, Bingham, conducted by the Rev David Harper.
Family mourners included: Jean Garratt, Mary, Paul and Alice Schorb, Rachel, John Michael and Emma Dixon, Sarah Garratt with Mary, John Ellwood, Nancy Ellwood, Julia Harwood, Ann, David, Oliver and Georgia Thompson, Liz Harwood and Robin Key, Mary Smallwood, Richard Smallwood, Michael Smallwood and Alistair McDougal.
Other mourners included: Anne Pearce, Mrs K. Smith, John Hatton, Peter and Peggy Topps, John and Anne Cox, John Cranswick, Rosemary Cranswick, Mike Peregrine, David Groves, David Willars, David Tomlinson, Martin Copley, Richard Watchorn, Anne Lee, Philip and Brenda Straw, Mary Mackie, Pat and Tony Burton, Brian and Audrey Gunn, John Breedon, Jeff Burton, Gladys Burton, Jean and Arthur Swann, Brenda Preece, Doris Underwood, Mary Browne, Coun Maureen Stockwood, Robert and Jenny Porteous, Carole Bendy, Neville and Jennie Fowler, Molly Cartwright, Charles Cartwright, Mark Hyslop, Eileen Hyslop, Jane Warner, Joyce Stonehouse, David Stonehouse, Jill Kendrick, Mr and Mrs P. Finch, Robert Timms, Jennifer Young, Rosemary Brown, John Clark, Diana Askew, Philip Frost, Mr and Mrs B. Quibell, Gillian Hind, Winifred Pell, Lorraine Clark, Stan, Sheila and Marjorie, John and Jennifer Cursham, Norman Beeby, Frank and Isabel Lee, Don and Vivienne Maltby, Hugh and Joy Holbrook, Keith Hammond, Ian and Liz Bulloch, John and Judy Scorer, Sue Foreman, Thomas Heafey, Kate Read, David and Margaret Ellis and Audrey Newton.
Funeral arrangements were by William Roberts and Sons, Devon Lane, Bottesford.
Donations were received for Bingham Church.