Mr Dennis Edward Knight (Dick), of Queensway, Grantham, has died in Grantham Hospital. He was 86.
He was born in New Street, Grantham, in August 1926, the eldest son of Annie and Edward Knight. He had seven siblings, Jean Crow (deceased), Barry, Barbara, Betty, David, Valerie and Gillian.
He was the widower of Betty Knight, father of June Gregson and Shirley O’Flynn, father-in-law of John and Joe, grandfather of Paul, Lynn and husband Kris, Peter and Anna, and great-grandfather of Joseph.
During the Second World War he was a Bevin Boy in the mines in Denaby, Yorkshire, for two-and-a-half years until joining the armed forces, where he was stationed in Khartoum, Sudan until 1948.
From 1948 onwards he worked as a railwayman at Grantham Station, serving for over 40 years as a shunter and passenger guard.
He played bowls for the railway team and served on the social committee at the Railway Club.
A family man, Mr Knight enjoyed all family celebrations. He cared for his wife Betty during her battle with Alzheimer’s.
Most recently he loved quizzes, crosswords, sudoku and surfing the internet to keep up to date with current events. He was well respected, funny and caring.
The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by Robert Holland.
Family mourners included: June Gregson, John Gregson, Paul Gregson, Lynn Kris and Joseph Perks, Shirley O’Flynn, Joe O’Flynn, Peter O’Flynn and Anna O’Flynn, Barry, Barbara, Betty, David, Valerie and Gillian.
Other mourners included: Mick Gibson, Fred Harris, John Michael, Ken Willets, Arthur Curtis, Roy Veasey, Maurice Massingham, Don Watson, G. Fielding, Val Bamford, Jeff Bamford, Betty, Bill and Steven Ward, Paul and Zoe Weston, Barry and Ivy Knight, Pat Walsh, Tim Atter, Donna Welsh, Susan Cant, Andrew Welsh, Sharon McDonald, Kim Bowen, Claire Bowen, Clive and Linda Pexton, Mr and Mrs Sands, Lynn Abbs, Linda Bolland, Robert and Lisa Cullington, Gordon Lloyd, John Gregson, Kris Perks, Joseph Perks, Simon Knight, Emma and Andrew Daye, Alan and Jenny Sale, Gill and John Lenton, Diane Williams, Dave and Shirley Knight, Joe O’Flynn, Christine O’Flynn, Paul Knight, Julie Beatty, Mr and Mrs Callow, Marion Brown, Yvonne Ferry, Donna Auckland, John and Maureen Auckland, Shaun Knight and Patsy Beacher.
Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.
Donations were received for Grantham Breathe Easy.