Mr David Michael Farren, of Elms View, Great Gonerby, has died in Grantham Hospital. He was 68.
He was born in Carshalton, Surrey, a week after the Second World War was declared over, the son of Doris and Ernie Farren. He was the eldest of their two sons.
As a young boy he worked for his father in the family grocery business and would deliver groceries to the local customers.
Later when he became a teenager, he played football and was good enough to play for Eastbourne United, often playing against a young Martin Peters and Ron Harris.
At the age of 18 Mr Farren joined the Royal Navy.
Later he worked for De Beers Diamond Trading in London, before settling down to work in the family firm, fitting kitchens with his father and brother.
Mr Farren then worked as a bus driver for Transport for London until his retirement in 2010.
In 2011 he and his partner, Debra, moved to Great Gonerby.
Mr Farren was a fisherman and he also enjoyed surfing on the internet. He liked listening to music from the 1960s and 1970s.
The funeral service took place at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by the Rev Peter Hopkins.
Family mourners included: Debra Pitcher, Ian Farren, Elaine Stewart, Stuart Pitcher and Yvonne Pitcher.
Other mourners included: Mr and Mrs Bolshaw, Mr Allen, Jean and Russell Cann, Pam Davison, Lyn Green, Linda Booth, Carol Hector, Suzanne Davison-Allott, Matthew Drew, Tracey Slight, Peter Slight, Austin Bank, Jeremy Chapman, Mike Hardy, Joan Hardy, Mick and Anne Beale, Nancy Middleton, Chris Baker, Mr Canning, Christine Ellis, Ian Spicer, and Sarah Baggaley.
Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.