Obituary: Mr James Roy Bristow

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Mr James Roy Bristow (Roy), of Orchard Close, Gonerby Hill Foot, has died in Lincoln County Hospital. He was 88.

He was born in September 1925, in Quadring Eaudyke, a small village near Spalding, the son of James and May Bristow.

He attended the local school.

Mr Bristow loved to go to his grandad’s farm and was excited when the farm acquired a lorry to take goods to market.

When he left school he worked on the farm until he was 17, when he was called-up during the Second World War. He joined the Army and after completing his training, he was shipped off to conflicts in Burma. He was unable to return home until the war was over.

On his return he worked on the farm, driving the lorry to Grantham to set up a stall with fresh vegetables. He worked on this stall and in other market towns for many years, eventually taking it over himself.

In 1947 he married his first wife Eileen, a Grantham girl, and they had two children, Allen and Jeanie. They moved to Orchard Close, Gonerby Hill Foot, Grantham.

Mr Bristow was always interested in driving and he took his PSV test and obtained a licence to drive buses and coaches. This eventually took over his life and he drove buses full-time for many different companies, finally working for Reliance Travel.

In 1966 his daughter Jeanie died of leukaemia, aged 18, and this together with the breakdown of his marriage took its toll. Mr Bristow picked himself up and returned to work on the bus service and this is where he met Mary in 1969. He then became stepdad to Jennifer and Angus and then in 1972 Julie was born and the family was complete. He married Mary in 1973.

His children all married and subsequently his grandchildren Sally, Daniel, Matthew, Bernadette, Helen and Liam were born, followed later by two great-grandchildren.

Mr Bristow had an interest in all sports, especially football. In his younger days he went to watch Grantham Town play. Later he became a member of Great Gonerby Social Club, where he played snooker, enjoyed bingo and became a member of the bowls team.

After retiring from full-time driving he drove part-time two days a week for the care of the community, taking passengers to Ancaster and Great Ponton Centre, for lunches, bingo or a social gathering.

He finally retired when Mary became ill and he needed to take care of her. He was devastated by her illness and found it hard to cope after her death in 2011, but got through it with the help of his family, especially Julie, son-in-law Bob and grandson Liam.

Robert Holland conducted the funeral service at Grantham Crematorium Chapel. Burial followed in Grantham cemetery.

Family mourners included: Julie Ginnelly, Bob and Liam Ginnelly, Jennifer and Michael Hill, Daniel and Matthew Hill.

Other mourners included: Mary Mason, Ann and Steve Robinson, Mr and Mrs L. Moore, John Brown, Christine Coulson, Mrs Welham, Margaret Taylor, Sheri Rawdon, Peter Isaacs, Roy Morris, Malcolm Saunby, Myrtle and Jack Moore, Alan Moore, Jan Inglis, Lois Houghton, Ann Gardener, Grace Booth, Andrew Hanger, Elaine Cridland, James Ginnelly, Neringa Ginnelly, Erika Ginnelly, Jacqueline Bond, Susan Squires, Lynn and George Wing, Susan Wilson, Sandra Parnham, Neville Watson, Paul Cartwright, Alan Cartwright, Mark Bristow, Derrick Hill, Pat and Beryl Challis, and Richard Leverett.

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

Donations were received for Macmillan Cancer Support.