Obituary: Mr D. C. Pearce

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MR David Colin Pearce, of Croft Drive, Grantham, has died in Kings Court Nursing Home, Grantham. He was 68.

He was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, and from the age of four to 15 he lived in Nigeria and Ghana, where his parents were missionaries. He had three younger brothers Robert, Julian and Simon.

He attended Stanborough School, Watford.

In 1963 he married Edna Ruddock and they had two sons, Brian and Russell. His wife died in 1996.

In 1998 he married Jan Clarke.

He leaves his wife, sons, daughters-in-law Alyson and Danny and grandsons Joshua, Samuel, Jacob, Aaron and Alex.

Mr Pearce began work with wholesale greengrocer Will Hamley in Watford, which entailed early morning trips to Covent Garden markets.

In 1958 he began a printing apprenticeship with the Stanborough Press in Watford, studying at the London School of Printing and Watford School of Printing. The company relocated in 1966 to Grantham, after a fire. In 2008 he retired after 50 years employment in various roles such as lithographic printer, works engineer, bindery machine operator, warehouse operative and forklift driver.

His interests included repairing and rebuilding old cars, motor sports, especially Formula 1, narrow gauge railways. He also liked caravan holidays, foreign travel, church deacon and U3A group activities. Mr Pearce was always helping and encouraging people.

The funeral service was held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Grantham, conducted by Pastor John Ferguson. Cremation followed.

Family mourners included: Jan Pearce, Brian and Alyson Pearce, Josh, Sam and Jake Pearce, Russell and Danny Pearce, Aaron and Alex Pearce, Rob and Renate Pearce, Dan, Emma and Annabelle Pearce, Phil, Kristina and Toby Gilbert, Julian and Julie Pearce, Simon Pearce and Anne McNamara, Sharon Parkinson, Margaret Warren and Stephen and Rebecca Warren.

Other mourners included: Amy Wilson, Rosie Pepper, Barry and Beryl Bell, Len and Pat Eastwood, Jenny Johnson, John and Esme Sutton, Doug Sinclair, Peter Sayers, Llew and Margaret Meredith, Eric Lowe, Abigail Murphy, Lee Gallagher, William Johnston, Curtis Murphy, Mrs S. Poddar, Austin and Felicity James, Mark Walmsley, Demphine Laroche, Peter and Audrey Howard, Len and Glenys Wheadon, Alison Jeins, Jacqueline Kelly, Elizabeth Parkinson, Steve and Liz Holden, Ian Clutton, Paul Brewin, Tony Redford, Steve and Rosemary Bull, Steve Hopkins, Colin Hawken, Marcus and Anne Dove, Ann Eaton, Mike Cowen, Selwyn and Pam Davies, Ron and Rachel Surridge, Jack and Vera Lindsay, Karen Shelbourn, Paul Poddar, Roger and Jean Rose, Elsie Phillips, Paul Lockham, Eddie Barradine, Olive Derry, Mac Thompson, David and Michelle Rees, Tony and Elisabeth Carnell, Patricia Maybery, Wendy Walmsley, Audrey Price, Joan Moore, Graham and Christine Cox, Natasha Cox, Douglas Cox, David and Fiona Selvage, Elizabeth Sanguesa, Julian Hibbitt, Mr and Mrs Alan Cartner, Jim and Marian Murray, David and Anita Marshall, Bob Cawson, Cliff Wilkins, Paul and Maureen Hammond, Philip Garner, Peter Wightman, Chris and Debbie Rees, Alan and Rosaleen Gill, Helen Savage, Mervyn and Margaret Whiting, Peter Walton, Cynthia Benz, Donald Morgan, Terry Clark, Jim Cunningham, Ian Thompson, Audrey Blackburn, Cecilie Brosnan, Jim and Cathy Smith, Della Astleford, David and Margaret James, Trevor and Kristina Hammond, Etta Smith, Michael Hill, Barry and Sue Mallinson, Leonard and Alina Clemonds, Lynne Taylor, Stephen Coxhead, Doris Hewerdine, Nicci Dickinson, Christine Manners-Smith, Marlyn Keene, Kevin and Amber Cox, Geoffrey Mapiki, Barry and Margaret Alen and Samantha Sellars.

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

Donations for Marie Curie Cancer Care amount to £627.12 to date.