MR Joseph Terry Flaherty, of The Square, Barrowby, has died in Grantham Hospital. He was 78.
Born in Wallsend, Newcastle, he was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs T. Flaherty. He was the widower of Sybil Flaherty, father to Patricia, Sara and David and a grandfather and great-grandfather.
He left school aged 14 to work on the docks before joining the Merchant Navy. He then joined the Royal Air Force as a chef, and remained in service until he retired and moved to Grantham with his family.
Mr Flaherty enjoyed reading history books, especially anything on the world wars. He also liked cooking and was a great pool and checkers player. A very sociable man he liked a pint and was a great help in many a pop quiz.
The funeral service was held at All Saints Church, Barrowby, conducted by the Rev John Cook. Burial followed in Barrowby.
Family mourners included: Sarah and Frank Ginnelly, Alex, Nathan, Charlie and Ella Ginnelly, Patricia Flaherty, David Sutton, Heather Morley, Shayne Eaton, Michael Dixon, Amy Bond, William Dixon, Melissa Pigott, David and Helen Flaherty, Chloe Flaherty, Dillon Flaherty, Ivy and Brian Green, Janet Handsley, Sandra Handsley, Jane Handsley and Roy Beadle and Emma Charles.
Other mourners included: Sharon and James Ginnelly, Jim Ginnelly, Bob and Julie Ginnelly, Dawn Ryan, Judith Cook, Sarah and Steve Harper, Carol Webb, Anne Worrall, Gladys Barlow, Helen Pigott, Barry and Linda Waterhouse, Keyth Hart, Margaret Campbell, Micky Dixon, Bridget Mills, Haydn and Rose Watkins.
Funeral arrangements were by Geesons Funeral Directors, Westgate, Grantham.
Donations for the Critical Care Unit at Grantham Hospital amount to £60 to date.