Mr R. R. Parker

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MR Ralph Robert Parker, of Pond Street, Harlaxton, has died in Lincoln County Hospital. He was 81.

Mr Parker was born in Grantham.

He was husband to Sybil and father to Mark.

Mr Parker ran his local pig farm in Harlaxton, before going to work for Denton Farming Company, from where he retired at the age of 59, due to ill health.

He enjoyed attending gymkhanas with his son, Mark, and later in life he took to breeding and showing birds at both Grantham and Melton Mowbray bird societies. He continued to keep birds until his death.

The funeral service was held at St Mary and St Peter’s Church, Harlaxton, conducted by Sheila Finch. Burial followed in Harlaxton.

Family mourners included: Sybil Parker, Mark Parker, Diane Parker, Vicki Parker, Adam Parker, Betty Hart, Brian Hart, Michael Hart, Stephen Hart, Julia Hart, Marlene Ward, Graham Ward, Robert Ward, Michelle Malpass, Hayley Malpass, Dina Matta, Freddie Matta, Molly Chenery, Shirley Grundy and Mandy Ashton.

Other mourners included: Mel Thomas, Dr Thomas, Mandy Renshaw, Sara and John Ellis, Mr Edwards, Andrew Hollingworth, Betty and Les Hodson, Mr and Mrs D. Bean, Mark Sharp, Gail Johnson, Rachel Sharp, John Leadenham, Bruce Allen, Janet and David Armes, Belinda Smith, Warren and Tina Wells, Warren Wells, Roger Booth, Peter and Mona Edgoose, Barry Kay, Robert and Maureen Langham, Paul Richardson, John and Joan Barber, Angela Richardson, Marjorie Chambers, Diane Chambers, Eileen Skeith, Amanda Rogers, Simon Allam, David Mitchell, Mr D. Claxton, Bell Anderson, Neil McCorquodale, Geoff Bailey, Sharon Barnard, Tony Maddox, John Crane, Mr and Mrs W. Darley, Mr and Mrs A. Darley, Mr and Mrs L. Parkin, Katie Day, Ted and Barbara Tipton, Harry and Shirley Sharp, Hazel Taylor, Ann Troop, David Palmer, David and Helen Wallis, John and Sue Mitchell, Muriel Culpin, Jim Foster, Margaret Thornton, Gillian and Charlotte Stafford, Kevin and Barbara Lawry, Mr and Mrs R. Leadenham, William Leadenham, Mr and Mrs R. Barker, Richard Phillipson, Michael Harris, Stephen Mitchell, Andrew Mitchell, Peter Chalk, Stuart Randall (Grantham Bird Club), Jim Moreton, Noel Coffey, Keith Bristow, Albert Bristow, Mary and Richard Miller, Mr and Mrs G. Finn, Jill Sanders, Anne Stephens, Sue Bull, Mr C. H. Johnson, Colin Stevenson, Neil Stevenson.

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

Donations were received for the British Heart Foundation.