Mr Philip Charles Cragg, of Harrowby Lane, Grantham, has died in St Andrew’s Care Home, Ewerby, near Sleaford. He was 88.
Born in Grantham, he was the son of the late Charles and Elsie Cragg. He is predeceased by his younger sister Cynthia. He leaves his son, Michael and daughters, Jane and Denise, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mr Cragg was educated locally and on leaving school he became a butchery assistant.
At the age of 18 he joined the Navy and encountered some very near mishaps. Once he was on a frigate which was trapped in a minefield for many hours. On another occasion his ship used a depth-charge on a U-Boat and as it was surrendering, it fired a torpedo at the frigate which fortunately missed.
He was also on the Russian convoy which sailed from Scotland to Murmansk and for this was awarded the Arctic Star Medal, but only received it quite recently.
It was while on leave from the Navy that he met his future wife, Phyllis at the Palais de Dance in Nottingham. They were married in Nottingham in August 1945. They started married life on the Alma Park estate, before moving with their young son, Michael to their family home on Harrowby Lane, where Jane and Denise were born.
After leaving the Navy he continued with his butchery career, working for George Thompson of Great Gonerby. When he left Mr Thompson he went to the Co-op butchery department in Grantham, working for a number of years on the mobile butchery van.
When the Co-op ceased to trade he went to Vacu-Lug, where he worked for many years before taking voluntary redundancy. He then went on to work at HRSS for his son-in-law Phil, valeting cars until his retirement.
Mr Cragg enjoyed growing chrysanthemums and he won many certificates and trophies.
He played darts with his wife at the Cherry Tree public house, winning various trophies. He also played dominoes with his friends, usually on a Sunday lunchtime.
His other passion was horse racing, going to various race meetings with his grandson Paul.
Together with his wife he enjoyed many holidays visiting the Snowdonia area of North Wales and also Pickering in Yorkshire.
The family were great animal lovers, having numerous pets over the years and after his wife died, his pet Yorkshire terrier was a great comfort to him.
The Rev Chris Boland conducted the funeral service at St John the Baptist Church, Londonthorpe. Burial followed in Grantham cemetery.
Family mourners included: Michael and Ann Cragg, Jane and Phil Edwards, Denise and John Smith, Paul Cragg, Marc Cragg, Amanda and Adam Farrell, Louise and Mick Butler, Zoe Edwards, Andy Reed, Luke and Agnieszka Smith, and Scott Smith.
Other mourners included: Brian Stubley, Ann Bellamy, Barbara Sutton, Dianne Scanes, Leslie and Peter Smith, Jenny Hubbard, Betty Edwards, Sylvia Beck, Paul Beck, Enid Hewitt, Kerry-Ann Beck, Hugh Atkinson, Andrea Bradley, John Bradley, Julie DeBank, Carl DeBank, Jane Newton, Alison and Tony Prothero, and Hugh Longland.
Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.
Donations for Londonthorpe Church and the PDSA amount to £168 to date.