Mr L. W. Johnstone

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MR Lewis William Johnstone, of Rectory Close, Barrowby, has died at home. He was 76.

He was born in Derby, the second child in a family of four. He grew up in Spitalgate Cottages, outside what is now the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, Grantham.

Mr Johnstone was first married to Mary, who sadly died at a young age. They had a daughter Julie.

He later married Val and with her he had twin daughters, Joanne and Joni. He has six grandchildren, of whom he was extremely proud.

He was an electrician and after his National Service he worked in various factories, including Steelweld and Aveling Barford.

In 1975 he emigrated to South Africa and stayed for four years until returning to England, where he stayed in the contracting industry, mostly working on airfields at Cranwell, Scampton, Alconbury and Wittering.

Mr Johnston had a lifelong interest in aircraft, and also liked cars and motorbikes. He enjoyed football and wood turning, having built himself a lathe and crafted many items as gifts.

Robert Holland conducted the funeral service at Grantham Crematorium Chapel.

Family mourners included: Val Johnstone, Julie and Richard Tullo, Joni and Paul Veasey, Joanne and Russell Coldron, Olivia, Harry and Luke Pulfrey, Albert Johnstone, Bill Bothamley, Len Breed and Lynne Cook.

Other mourners included: Carole Britain, John and Chris Hardy, Gill and Bob Simmonds, Karen Martin, Glenys Marshall, Mike Bothamley, Lucy Johnson, Anita Sharp, Mr and Mrs Sharp, Colin Coy, Heather and Ray Fenn, Shane Pulfrey, Sandra and Jeff Pulfrey, Mr and Mrs C. Campbell, Ian Campbell, Mrs E. Withy, Russ Perkins, Geoff Gedney, Shirley Vessey, Alix Garner, Susan Douglas, Nick Short, Ron Short, Terry Baxter, Jacky Cooper, Roy Atkin, Mary Howard, Trevor Green, Margaret Green, Angela Railton, Pamela De’ath, Alison Storer, Tracey Fuller, Heather Bunning, Rita Hudson and Iris Robinson.

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

Donations for Grantham St Barnabas Hospice amount to £338.15 to date.