Mr R. Whitney

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MR Roy Whitney, of Stainby Road, Buckminster, has died in Lincoln County Hospital. He was 80.

Mr Whitney was born in Leicester in June 1932, the son of Samuel and Phyllis Whitney, and the brother of Mary.

He served an apprenticeship with the firm of Ashwell and Nesbit, as a pipe fitter/welder.

In 1953 he did his National Service in the Army and returned home to resume work with his old firm. In 1960 he obtained a job with Coventry City Corporation in the heating section.

In 1955 he met Sylvia and they were married in 1960. They had two sons, Craig and Mark and seven grandchildren, Zoe, Paul, Mathew, Holly, Amy, Sam and Max. The couple celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary in July of this year.

In 1964 Mr Whitney returned with his family to work as clerk of works (heating and ventilating) for Leicester City Council and remained there until his retirement in 1995, when he and Sylvia moved to Buckminster, where they were made very welcome and were so happy.

Mr Whitney became churchwarden of St John the Baptist Chuch, Buckminster for three years, until his health began to fail. However, he continued to serve on the PCC.

Everyone who knew him remarked what a perfect gentleman he was and what a wicked sense of humour he had.

He loved the Church, his gardening and cooking, and could always be seen entering his produce and fruit cake (baked by a man class) in the Sewstern and District Horticultural Society’s Show each year, of which he was vice-chairman.

He and his wife were inseparable, supporting one another in everything they were involved in, such as the Buckminster Village Institute Committee; and raising funds for Buckminster senior residents’ Christmas party. He could always be seen running the tombola. Mr Whitney also helped with organising the Buckminster Church Garden/Garage sales each year, especially the car parking.

He loved family get-togethers, spending time in their caravan at Cromer, and visiting their favourite Greek restaurant at East Runton, to enjoy the food, music and dance. He also enjoyed holidays in various Greek resorts and the highlight was the Mediterranean cruise he and Sylvia went on for their Golden Wedding anniversary.

He will be a much missed man around the village.

Lay reader, Jenny Stuart, conducted the funeral service at St John the Baptist Church, Buckminster. Burial followed in the churchyard.

Family mourners included: Sylvia Whitney, Craig and Angela Whitney, Mark and Susan Whitney, Zoe Whitney, Paul Whitney, Holly Whitney, Amy Whitney, Sam Whitney, Max Whitney, Richard Bembridge (representing Matthew Whitney (Australia)), Brenda Bullock, Joan Elliott, Michael and Emma Elliott, Sonja Edwards, Owen and Gill Wheatley, Jim and Sonny West, Dawn and Tom Kirkwood and Neil Bullock.

Other mourners included: Peter and Hannah Simons, Vera De’ath, Barbara Frost, Michael and Elizabeth Goodacre, Gordon Snape, Sir Lyonel and Lady Tollemache, Julie and Tony Allen, Mrs Newman, Mrs Borkertas, Barbie Coulson, Ann Glenn, Heather Exton, Claire Kurth, Tony and Wendy Vickers, Jo Parnell, Alan and Philippa Jessop, Alan and Janet Hart, Alan, Lesley and Alex Burrows, Ann Wild, Betty Neal, Jean Lee, Don Lee, Edna Parkin, Nicholas Kerry, John Ensor, Les Gear, Mr and Mrs D. Nixon, Claude and Enid Woodcock, Marion and John Lewis, Lorraine Whitney, Mrs M. Thomas, Barbara Woodhouse, Philip Woodhouse, Roland Elmore, Trevor Lawrence, Julie Turner, John and Sue Corner, Mr and Mrs J. Platts, Maggie Spiby, Elizabeth Starks, Mark Wesson, Lynda Wesson, Gill and Eddie Holland, Alison Bashford, Joanna and Paige Hayman, and Ian Bracey.

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

Donations for St John the Baptist Church, Buckminster, amount to £400 to date.