Mr Frank Norman David Mitchell, of Ermine Street, Ancaster, has died in Lincoln County Hospital. He was 89.
He was born at 13 Witham Place, Grantham, in June 1925 to Frank and Maud. He had a sister, Brenda, who has predeceased him.
Mr Mitchell attended St Anne’s Junior School, followed by Spitalgate School for Boys in Grantham.
After leaving school he started work at Aveling Barford as an apprentice tinsmith/boiler maker. It was during his time there that he met his future wife, Edna, who was also employed by the company.
In 1944 he was conscripted as a Bevan Boy and spent the next four years working at Blackwell Colliery in Derbyshire. He was eventually demobbed in 1948.
After completing his service as a Bevan Boy he returned to Aveling Barford, where he worked for 37 years. During this time he was promoted to senior foreman of the renowned Plate Shop.
When he left Aveling Barford he worked at Caythorpe Agricultural College, and Hillreach of Grantham.
In August 1946 he married Edna at St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham. Their marriage continued for 63 years until his wife died in 2009. They have four children, Pauline, Colin, David and Roger.
At one time Mr Mitchell had a dream of becoming a full time breeder of pigs and he began his venture on an allotment in Grantham for many years before taking on a house and three acres of land at West Willoughby. Unfortunately the dream did not work out and he and his wife moved to Ancaster for their remaining years together. They discovered a passion for travel and spent many enjoyable holidays in the UK and abroad.
Mr Mitchell became involved in village life and one of his first tasks was fund-raising for the building of Ancaster Sports and Social Club. The efforts of all concerned were realised and he became a founder member and a regular visitor to the club until his recent illness. He also enjoyed playing bowls for the village team.
In his retirement he tended the Old Vicarage garden in the village.
Mr Mitchell showed a spirit of drive and determination throughout his life and would always relish a new challenge. He would also be of assistance to anyone less fortunate than himself.
He enjoyed being a member of The Way Forward Group and attending meetings and Sunday lunch visits.
A well respected person in the village he will also be sadly missed by his family and friends.
The funeral service was held at St Martin’s Church, Ancaster, conducted by the Rev Alan Littlewood and Robert Holland. Burial followed in Ancaster cemetery.
Family mourners included: Darren Mitchell, Simone Barham, Lesley Mitchell, Daniel Mitchell, Sam and James Mitchell, Ian Mayfield, Millie Mitchell, Maisy Mitchell, Lisa Mitchell, Darren, Maxine and Holly Snaith, Amanda Sharpe, Claire and Andy Ford, Mr and Mrs D. Church, Mr and Mrs J. Heath, Elaine Mitchell, Paul and Nicky Mitchell.
Other than immediate family, mourners included: Mr and Mrs Broom, Pamela Bond, Sandra Green, Joyce Reace, Rita Tucker (The Way Forward), Eileen Noon, Paul Lamyman, Mr and Mrs E. Tatchell, Andrew Walker, John and Barbara Merrin, Mr and Mrs Franklin, Don Walker, Ray Fenn, Kay Blankley, Linda Houlden, B Cant, Ian Lord, Alan Harwood, Doreen Osbourne, Rod and Sue Clarke, Mr and Mrs Sansom, Mary Williams, Alison Parker, Tony Bowlby, John Crowther, David Williams, Kevin Woollas, Gil and Pat Dodington, Mary Hawks, Dennis Allen, Patrick Williams, Mr and Mrs Paul Aston, Mr M. Sharpe, Mrs B. Sharpe, Terry Brewin, Martin Clarke, Barry Hewerdine, Mr and Mrs Ellis, Gary Ellis, Bill Smith, Beryl and Malcolm Wyles, Lesley Harley-Ellis, Neil Marshall, Pat Munday, Denis Hodgkin, Mr and Mrs Wood, Paul Wood, James Ginnelly and Erika Ginelly, Mary Treacy, Joy Stallwood, Margaret Warren, Jan Barratt (The Way Forward), Jean Weir (The Way Forward), Lesley Nevitt (The Way Forward), Freddie Bristow, Mr and Mrs D. Blankley, Gerald Saddington, Graham Mackinder, John Southgate, Rod Allen, Sue Davey, Margaret Hardy, Andrew Downes, Michael Beard, Mrs Cheesbrough, Lynn and Mary Jackson, Audrey Lord, Ian Lord, Yvonne and Brian Gedney, Gerald and Jean Bottomley, Trevor and Christine Foss, Mr M. Eldred, and Brian Read.
Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.
Donations were received for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and the RNLI.