Obituary: Mr Stanley Christopher Walter Bushell

Obituary: Mr Stanley Christopher Walter Bushell
Obituary: Mr Stanley Christopher Walter Bushell
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Mr Stanley Christopher Walter Bushell, has died at his home in Bottesford. He was 81.

Mr Bushell was born in Shoreditch, in the east end of London, in 1932, to parents Annie and Stanley. He had an older sister, Ivy.

In 1937 he started primary school in Wood Green and it was there that he first met Audrey, whom he would marry some 20 years later.

In 1939 war had broken out and he was evacuated to Norton, near Northampton, where he stayed with a couple called Mr and Mrs Sharpe.

During his later childhood years he and Audrey met up again at the local youth club.

Aged 13 he attended Enfield Technical College, where he developed his knowledge and appreciation for engineering which stood him in good stead for his first job servicing typewriters.

In 1952 Mr Bushell was enlisted into National Service, based at RAF Hendon, where he undertook the routine inspection and servicing of the Cheetah aircraft engines. After National Service he joined Servis, servicing washing machines.

He married Audrey in 1957 and they lived in the shadows of Alexandra Palace for eight years. Their first son, Tim was born there.

Outside of work Mr Bushell enjoyed music and joined a folk group called the Moonrakers, giving many concert performances and even appeared on television in the 1960s. He also made a record of international folk dances with lifetime friend Cliff Beck. He forged friendships with many musicians, especially the Liverpool Spinners and often played and sang many of their songs in later life.

In 1965 the family moved to Stathern and three years later their second son, Philip was born. The family moved again in 1972 to Bottesford and Mr Bushell began work at Harby cheese factory.

Mr Bushell and his wife were founder members of the local amateur theatrical group (BATS) at Redmile and also gave guitar lessons at Belvoir High School. He also started a folk group with some of the BATS members.

In 1986 he bought a small, local music shop, the Music Box, in Grantham, and Philip joined him at the helm. They had a wonderful time over the next 14 years serving up a vast array of music to the people of Grantham. They were much missed when the shop closed in 2000.

His son Philip married Ann in 2006 and subsequently he became the proud granddad to Alfie, Jasmin, Lenny and Harry.

The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel.

Family mourners included: Audrey Bushell, Philip and Ann Bushell, Ivy McElroy, Sean McElroy, Helen McElroy, Alex McElroy and Clelia 

Other mourners included: Katie Kirk (Payplan/Totemic), Alan and Barbara Pizzey, Tina Oulton, Diana Taffs, Ian and Jane Edwards, Juliet Edwards, Peter and Peggy Topps, Paul and Dina Eldred, Gillian and Andy Dernie, Jill and Will Hawkins, Angela and Alan Kapellar, Paul and Carol Rose, Beryl Smith, Frances Lamb, Jenny Wright, Ray and Barbara Cook, Eleanor Saywell, David Cartwright, Marc Eldred, Margaret Metcalfe, Nicola Moxham, Rodney Vooght, Peter and Anne Kevan, John Doyle, Pat Baldwin, John Rivers, Clare Whitbread, Kathleen Strickland, Muriel Cooke, Sue Neale, Viv Crabtree, John and Jean Hammond, and Kay Carne.

Funeral arrangements were by William Roberts and Sons, Devon Lane, Bottesford.

Donations to be divided between Marie Curie Cancer Care and St Barnabas Hospice Lincolnshire amount to £330.96 to date.