Mr James William Bason, of Avery Lodge Care Home, Grantham, has died there. He was 93.
Born in Fakenham, Norfolk, in 1920, he was the son of a station master and lived in various railway towns during his childhood.
He began work as a printer’s apprentice around 1935 but when war was declared he joined the Royal Air Force. He eventually flew as rear gunner in Wellington bombers on 33 sorties over Northern Italy and Romania.
Following demobilisation he joined a one-year emergency teachers’ training course in Alsager, Cheshire. It was here that he met and married Vera.
After various headships with British Forces Schools in Germany and Staffordshire, he was appointed headteacher of Belton Lane School in Grantham in 1968. He retired from the school in 1985.
Mr Bason enjoyed holidays in Mudeford, near Christchurch, Dorest, as well as the North Norfolk coast, which was very dear to him.
He was father to Nick and Nigel, grandfather to Becky, Jo and Miles and great-grandfather to Emily and Tommy.
The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by the Rev Carol Bason.
Family mourners included: Nigel Bason, Jane Bason, Nick Bason, Philippa Bason, Rebecca and Matt Geeson, Joanna Greene, Robbie Greene, Chris Bason, and Carol Bason.
Other mourners included: David and Judith Robinson, Ian Smith, Gary Sharp, Angela Tapson, Liz Woolley, Pam Watson, Jill Phillips, Derek Gordon, Christopher Greene, Mr and Mrs Stanger, Tim and Rosemary Staveley, Mr and Mrs Norton, Mrs Watson, Kerry Angeloni, Rosemary Coleman, Kim Shelton, Thomas Lovell and Ray and Steph Watson.
Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.
Donations were received for the Kesteven Blind Society.