Mr Alfred Corrigan has died in Newton House Nursing Home, Grantham. He was 84.
Born in Wolverhampton, he was one of six children.
The family later moved to Leicestershire.
He began his National Service aged 18, serving in the Medical Corps in Berlin, Germany.
During his working life he had a number of jobs. He was caretaker at a school, then worked in a foundry until moving to a dry cleaners where he was manager. During this time he met his future wife Christine, in Coventry. They were married in 1973 and moved to Bottesford.
Mr Corrigan then managed the petrol station in the village. He went on to work as a storeman and looked after properties for the MOD at Prince William of Gloucester Barracks in Grantham.
The family, which included daughters, Samantha and Tina, enjoyed holidays to Cornwall and Scotland. Mr Corrigan bought a caravan and trailer tent and they also went to Great Yarmouth and days out to the East Coast.
In his retirement Mr Corrigan enjoyed woodwork and DIY. He made bird tables, a summerhouse and Welsh dresser. He also enjoyed watching horse racing on television.
He looked forward to visits from his grandchildren, Peter, Christopher, Emma and Johnathan.
Mr Corrigan moved to Newton House 18 months ago.
He also leaves his sister Margaret and brother John.
The funeral service was held at St Mary’s Church, Bottesford, conducted by Judith Wells. Burial followed in the churchyard.
Family mourners included: Chris Corrigan, Samantha and Iain, Tina and Michael, Peter, Christopher, Emma and Johnathan, Margaret and Eddie. His brother John was unable to attend due to illness.
Other mourners included: Mark and Jackie Milward, Ray Smith, Robert and Theresa Harrison, Marian Scothern, Mr and Mrs S. Coy, Eileen and Stephen Wilson, Susan Claricoats, Pat and Alan, Barbara and Jim, Rachel, Tuija and Annabel, Joanne, Amanda and Simon, Janet, Margaret and Pauline, Cindy Ferguson, Joyce Walker, Teresa Musson, Debbie and Jason Garner, Carol and Desmond Musson, Jess and Natalie Musson, and Jan Ash.
Funeral arrangements were by William Roberts and Sons, Devon Lane, Bottesford.
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