Mr Derrick William Beatty, of Greyfriars, Grantham, has died in Leicester General Hospital. He was 86.
Mr Beatty was born in Corby Glen on June 12, 1928, the son of William and Rosemary Beatty, their fourth and youngest child.
He attended Corby Glen Primary School until the age of eight, when in 1936 the family moved to Harlaxton Road, Grantham. His father was a government engineer and worked abroad in India and West Africa, and was only home every two years for three months.
When the family moved to Grantham he attended Spitalgate School and went on to the King’s School in September 1939.
On leaving school in January 1945 he started work as an apprentice electrician at Aveling Barford. He remained there until its closure. He then worked for Boots the Chemist in Grantham.
In his younger days he played regular football and cricket for Corby Glen, with his cousin Ernie Watson.
He met his future wife Beatrice Mary (known as Mary) at a dance in Corby Glen Village Hall. Mary worked at Willertons shop in Corby Glen. They were married in Corby Glen Church in 1952. The couple moved to Harlaxton Road to live with Mr Beatty’s mum, and remained there for 10 years. They then bought a house in Bridge End Grove and lived there for 48 years.
In 1965 their daughter Julie was born.
When Mr Beatty became too old to play football, he became a referee. Later in life he took up golfing and played at Stoke Rochford every Sunday morning with friends. He also enjoyed playing snooker with friends at the local snooker club.
In 1992 he became grandfather to Emily, whom he idolised. After his retirement at the age of 65 he and his wife enjoyed looking after Emily while her mother was at work.
The couple regularly attended St Anne’s Church, where Mr Beatty was a sidesman and also helped with the Sunday School. He frequently picked up other members of the congregation in order that they could attend the services.
Due to his ill health the couple moved from Bridge End Grove to their flat in Greyfriars, where they were very happy together.
The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by Robert Holland.
Family mourners included: Mary Beatty, Julie Knight, Paul Knight, Emily Addison, Tom Parrish, Jack Knight and Sam Knight.
Other mourners included: Bev Leeson, Janet Kell, Margaret Hudson, Eddie and Ann Hannant, Clive Leeson, Robert and Glenda Stokes, Gary, Nicola and Bethany Le-Hair, Janet Tresadern, Susan and Malcolm Hall, Sarah Hall, Claire Watson, Sally and Michael Parnham, Malcolm and Joyce Saundby, Nigel and Heather Podam, Tracey Atter, Peter Podam, Tony Stevens, Sandra Stevens, Shirley Farrel, Andrew Podham, Dave and Shirley Knight, Mr and Mrs A. Clark, Mr and Mrs G. Short, Janet Armstrong, Mrs J. Coy, Mr S. Mann, Mrs De Visme, Cynthia Treggiden, Gerald Necklen, Drs Dee and Andrew Gallop, Len and Diane Watson, Michelle and Steven Neville, Angela and Malcolm Ward, Mr and Mrs P. Manterfield, Beryl Slater, Michael Lyon, Steven Cox, Karen Brewster, Mrs S. Slater, and Alan Footitt,
Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.
Donations were received for St Anne’s Church.