Obituary: Mr J. Chamberlain

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Mr James Chamberlain, of Sharp Road, Grantham, has died at home. He was 90.

He was the eldest of four brothers, born in Port Talbot, Wales. When he was a young boy the family moved to Gunthorpe, Nottinghamshire, where his father worked on the construction of the bridge.

The family then moved to Grantham, where Mr Chamberlain spent most of his life, except during the Second World War.

As he grew up he undertook a variety of jobs until starting an apprenticeship as a welder. He soon realised he was not suited to welding and became an apprentice carpenter. His apprenticeship was interrupted by the war and he completed his trade training as a Royal Engineer Sapper, before being sent to Egypt.

While on leave from the Army he met Audrey, who went on to become his wife. She predeceased him in 2006. They had two sons, Andrew and Martin. Martin was killed in an accident in 1982.

On demobilisation he worked for a number of building companies in the local area and did a lot of the carpentry on houses built in the “Poet’s Corner” area of Grantham.

Later he worked for Flowers, the brewery, and worked on many of the local public houses and hostelries, until going to work in the pattern shop at Aveling Barford until his retirement.

Throughout his life Mr Chamberlain was a keen gardener and, until old age, he also enjoyed ballroom dancing.

He enjoyed the company of many friends and latterly was interested in local history and Egyptology. A visit to the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, during his service there, made a significant impact on him and he often recalled fondly climbing to the top of the pyramid of Khufu (Cheops in Greek), Giza’s largest pyramid (often referred to as The Great Pyramid).

A funeral mass was conducted at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Grantham by Canon Anthony Dolan. He was buried with his parents in the family plot at Grantham cemetery.

Mourners included: Andrew Chamberlain, Ruth Allen, Amanda West, Sheila Chamberlain, Brian Chamberlain, Susan Chamberlain, Christopher and Sue Chamberlain, John Chamberlain, Dorothy Chamberlain, Stephen Chamberlain, Paul and Janice Thomas, Carol Peyton, Brenda Daniele, Irene Totley, Susan Stockdale, Bob Hawkins, Bob Dove, Eleanor Hurst, Ted and Mary Beard, Bill Jackson, Heather Winfield, Shirley Bond, Gerald Bond, Mr and Mrs K. Hart, Susan Lawrence, Maureen Newcombe, Peter and Linda Higgs, Major and Mrs Gibson, Zenia Ferguson, Harry and Bridie Tomlin, Audrey Guy, Leo Hayden, Mary Sentance, Margaret Gerrity, Pam Campbell, Andrea McHugh, Maddie Lainchbury, Rick Telford, Richard and Sue Crabtree, Diana Harvey, Tania Desmond and Les Davidson.

Funeral arrangements were by Geesons Funeral Directors, Westgate, Grantham.

Donations were received for Marie Curie Cancer Care.