Obituary: Mr F. D. Whiting

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Mr Frank Derrick Whiting, of Lancaster Gardens, Grantham, has died at home. He was 83.

He was born in Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, London.

Mr Whiting was married to Sue for the past 31 years.

He has two daughters from a previous marriage and grandchildren James, Hannah, Jessica and Megan.

At the age of 16 he joined the Army and served 10 years with the Royal Engineers Survey Corps in Egypt, Jordan and Cyprus.

He joined the Co-operative Permanent Building Society in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, on demobilisation from the Army. He became assistant manager at the Leicester branch (now known as Nationwide BS), and on promotion to manager, he worked at the branches in Rugby, Kidderminster, St Albans and finally Stevenage with Letchworth. Mr Whiting retired in 1987.

He had a lifelong passion for steam railways, steam traction and rail travel. Mr Whiting was also an avid collector of model coach and buses, with expert knowledge of the workings of public transport.

He was a member of the Rotary Club of Grantham (Paul Harris Fellow), with 35 years’ membership in total at St Albans and Grantham.

The Rev David Shenton conducted the funeral service at St Anne’s Church, Grantham, followed by cremation.

Other than the immediate family, mourners included: Jo Green, Grace White, Simone Clarke, Maureen Hallam, Julie Hines, James Hines, Nigel Mundy, Jeff Coxon, Mavis Coxon, Alistair Holmes, Kathleen Holmes, Humphrey Platts, Sheila Holland, Ken and Sue Parkin, Kevin and Barbara Lawry, David and Linda Burr (Inner Wheel past district officers), Basil Collin, Colin and Anne Horne, John and Christine Beechey, Robin and Brenda Hall, the Rev Jim and Roma Farley, Keith Hiley, Janet Todd, Graham Wuidart, Margaret Wuidart, Neville Thompson, John Morrissey, Pearl and Tony Broomfield, Mos and Pam Kalbassi, Joan Ives-Brown, Jenny Watson, Courtney and Elizabeth Finn, Bob Brownlow, Roger Graves, Andrew and Sheila Redman, John and Anne Hill, Rob and Delia Hearmon, Roy Ingamells, Basil Hardy, Graeme Strachan, Trevor Parkes, Karen Appleby, Graham Hayton-Hill, David and Stephanie Close, Peter and Catriona Berry, David Garrick, Kevin Roberts, Paul Wilson, David Williams, Hilary Drain, Brian Garvin, Paul Spencer, Jil Storer, David and Linda Burr, Janet Armes, Irvin and Pam Metcalf, Pat and Ray Beal, Vilma Bachelor, Richard Sherwood, James Dudley, David Wise, Sheila Craker, Barry Dudley, Kathie Klingels, Sue Singleton, Geoff and Jill Turner, Mrs Hayes, Mr Radcliffe, Kay and Gill Harrison, David Holmes, Maggie Welton, Stephen Short, Geoff and Caryll Braunton, Arthur Bell, Maggie Ambrose, Chris and Elena Pettit, Andrew and Debra Parker, John Cussell, Nicola Lillywhite, Nicola, Jean and Chris Waterton, Mr Geddes, Joy and Andrew Kitchen, Mike Gaffney, Sheila Halliday-Pegg, James and Pam Wiggins, Barry and Veronica Phillips.

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

Donations were received for Macmillan Cancer Support, St Barnabas Hospice and Marie Curie (all Grantham).