Mr J. T. Sheardown

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MR John Thornton Sheardown, of The Leas, Barkston, has died in Grantham Hospital. He was 78.

Born at Syston Grange, he was the only child of Harold and Dora Sheardown.

He was educated at The King’s School, Grantham, and then went on to Caythorpe Agricultural College, where he was top student. He returned to the family farm and worked there until ill health forced him to retire in 2007.

When he was 10 the American Airborne troops arrived at Barkston Heath and became part of his life. He was able to go to their cinema and they always made sure he had got plenty of candies. He received Christmas cards from his American friends until 2010.

In his younger days he was a member and chairman of the local Young Farmers Club. He was also an active supporter of the National Farmers Union, never missing a meeting and he became branch chairman for several years. He also served on the County Livestock and County Ball committees.

Mr Sheardown was a devoted husband to Pat and father to Martin, Andrew, Phillip and Emma and proud grandfather of Claire, Anna, Robert, David, Sarah, Matthew and Connie.

After his family, his great passions were showing livestock, and cricket.

He won the champion beast at Grantham Christmas Fatstock Show for the first time in 1955. He then won again in 1959 and every year after that until 1967. There was no show in 1968 due to foot and mouth disease, but he won again in 1969, 1972 and 1973. Mr Sheardown then demonstrated and instructed in stock judging, show preparation and showing cattle to Young Farmers’ Clubs and later became a respected cattle judge.

He started to play cricket for Belton Cricket Club at the age of 13 and continued to play for them for 36 years. He also played for Grantham Police and Lincolnshire Gents.

In 1995 his new-found interest was helping his daughter Emma in breeding and showing her Lincoln Longwool sheep and their highlight was winning the breed championship at the Lincolnshire Show in 1999 and meeting HRH The Princess Royal.

A memorial service was held at St Nicholas Church, Barkston, followed by a private family cremation. The service was conducted by the Rev Stuart Hadley.

Family mourners included: Pat Sheardown, Martin and Diane Sheardown, Andrew and Joy Sheardown, Phillip Sheardown, Emma Sheardown, Claire, Anna, Robert, David, Sarah, Matthew and Connie Sheardown, John Hanson, Christine and Alan Diggins, Barbara and John Green, Louise and Lee Pulfrey, Stef and Roger Howard, Andrew Green, Rachel Diggins and Mark Deans and Barbara Brittain.

Other mourners included: Rita Scorror, John Lord, Mr and Mrs Arthur Cambridge, Tony Scrimshaw, Nigel and Steph Scarborough, Freda Scarborough, Henry Lord, Alan and Barbara Limb, Mr B. Richardson, Mr and Mrs M. Grindle, Vic Heppenstall, Nick and Janet Humphries, Peter Sheardown, Christine Sheardown, Paul Sheardown, Nell Beckett, Susan Roberts, May Roberts, Shirley Dring, Ern and Win Paddock, Ann Willey, Bob and Jean Ingamells, Marina Bland, Gill and David Mitchell, Sally and Andrew Mitchell, Margaret and Eric Johnson, Richard Watson, Dick and Pat Skelton, Richard Harris, Keith Handley, John Fisher, Mark Handley, Peter Clarke, Mr Parker, Simon Caunt, Martin Copley, Stephen Copley, Roy Chapman, John and Caroline Ingamells, Dick Taylor, Jonathan Thompson, Richard Bloodworth, Colin and Tina Musson, John Crowther, David Madge, Philip Robinson, Maureen Rowbotham, Chris Haines, Maxine Meredith, Sue and Ralph Marris, John Clegg and family, Ros Wentworth, Sarajane Sheard, John Mitchell, Keith and Hilary Grummitt, Malcolm and Nicola Turner, Tim Baxter, Coun Ray and Linda Wootten, Ian Marshall, Tim and Sara Ancliffe, Jane Everton, Karen Addlesee, Philip Strawson, Martin Strawson, Vicky Strawson, Stephen and Ros Yates, Mr Lamyman, Shirley Clegg, Graham Wade, Carole Pulford, Nicola Pulford, Nickie Webber, Jim and Sue Mival, Freda Mival, Steven Barratt, Bill Barratt, Terry and Lorna Newboult, Mr and Mrs Franklin, James Moore, Colin Copley, Julia Hallam, Melanie Baines, Mrs Altoft, Alison and Isolbel Verheul, Haskell and Elaine Nurse, David and Michael Copley, Don Copley, Richard Ward, Sally Hillcoat, Alan and Carol Muddimen, Mr and Mrs Wilmore, David Applewhite, David and Gill Mahoney, Mr and Mrs Roberts, the Rev Alan Fiddyment, Jill Hawkins, Teresa, Richard and Alex Bush, June Farmer, Paul Wing, Mr and Mrs D. Scarborough, Graham Wheat, Yvonne Hurst, George Jenkinson, Ernie and Tony Critchley, Tom Lord, Alison Gemmell, Oliver Thorold, Dinny Thorold, Richard Coxe, Rose Pell, Karen and Les Thompson, Geoff Thompson, Brian Cade, Simon Lord, Malcolm and Siobhan Hemsby, Doris Morris, David Morris, Martin Simpson, Paul and Bill Wood, Anthony and Nicola Scarborough, Michael Coney, Julie Coney, Sally Thompson, David and Gillian Rumbelow, Bob Skelton, Lis, Bud and Betty Richardson, Richard and Margaret Lord, Peter and Mary Mills, John Bardwell, Michael Beard, Duncan Andrew, Ray Wilson, John Jackson, Mr and Mrs Kirk, Marion Hare, Tom and Janet Baker, Carol Sheardown, Jeffrey Bishop, Rita Masters, Mick and Liz Watson, Tessa Morris, Roy Morris, Mr and Mrs D. Smith, Marjorie Walsh, Sarah Skelton, Peter Simpson, David Dodds, Freda Dodds and Ralph Marshall.

Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.

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