Mr William Edwin Pateman (Bill), of Spring Lane, Horbling, has died at home. He was 86.
Born in Kirkby Underwood in September 1928, he was the eighth of nine children, having six brothers and two sisters.
At an early age he moved with his family to Pointon, where he attended the village school before beginning an apprenticeship as a bricklayer.
He remained in the building trade for the rest of his working life.
In 1949 he married Margaret Creasey (Peggy) and they settled permanently in Horbling. His devotion to Peggy, especially during her long decline with Parkinson’s Disease, was inspirational to the rest of the family. Her death in 2011, after 62 years of marriage, was hard for him to bear.
Around 1970, he set up his own building company, later going into partnership with Ivan Spencer. At all times in his career he took much pride in his work and retired in 1993. He gained particular satisfaction from building a home for his family on Spring Lane in 1964-65.
Despite working extremely hard, he still found time for a succession of hobbies and interests, each pursued with great enthusiasm. These included bee-keeping, which he was forced to give up when a sting left him unconscious; budgerigars; roses; butterflies and moths; wine-making; ballroom dancing; philately and making walking sticks.
In retirement he got enormous pleasure from bowls, both on and off the green.
Along with his wife he loved travel, especially coach trips to different parts of Europe and caravanning holidays in the Yorkshire Dales.
He supported his sons, Kenneth and Kevin to the very best of his ability and cared very much for the happiness and welfare of his daughters-in-law, Pam and Wendy. He doted on his granddaughters Katherine and Rachel and, in the final 18 months of his life, on his great-granddaughter, Frida.
For over 30 years he was secretary of Horbling Men’s Society and he was on the parish council for even longer. he always tried to act in the best interests of everyone living in the village. He threw himself into the organisation of village events with spirit and energy.
The funeral service took place at St Andrew’s Church, Horbling, conducted by the Rev Alan Steele and the Rev Anna Sorensen. Burial followed in the churchyard, where he was laid to rest by his wife’s side.
Family mourners included: Ken and Pam Pateman, Kevin and Wendy Pateman, Katherine, Torsten and Frida Bell, Rachel Pateman and Philip Ward, Janet and Barry Hull, Jack Creasey, Anne and Mick Foston, David and Cecily Pateman, Glynis and Les Keuneke, John and Linda Pateman, Leslie Pateman, Diane Templeman, Jackie Brothwell, Diane Clark, Sue and Rodney Clarke, Heidi Cant, Alice Clarke, Patrick Creasey, Pam Doughty, Nicola Mitchell, April Spurr, Geoff, Les and Ron Tindale, and Geoff and Mavis Wakefield.
Other mourners included: Ron and Pam Abbott, Mary and Gordon Bates, Tim and Judith Bee, Clive and Gill Bennett, Anthony and Geraldine Brady, Susan Bunker, Josephine and Richard Charity, Colin and Ann Clayton, Max and Jane Corney, Jim Cowley, Cathy and Andy Daubney, Eveline Dawson, Ray Draper, David and Elizabeth Edwards, Mr and Mrs J. Hall, Geoff Hallam, Peter and Jane Hermite, Elizabeth and David Hill, Alan Hood, Derek and Beryl Jacobs, Barry Jeffery, Jack Jones, John Kime, Carol and David Lingard, Stephan Long, Sue and Ian Mackenzie, Frances Masiwa, Mr and Mrs D. Noble, Mr and Mrs D. C. Pell (Billingborough, Horbling and Threekingham Cricket Club), John and Toni Pittkin, Rachel and John Price, Bridget Ringham, Dave and Ann Robinson, George Rolt, Dr and Mrs J. Scott, Cavan Short, Ivan Spencer, Neville and Dorothy Thorpe, Mr Trelms, Tony and Effie Warth, Claire Woodward, Jason Wright, Clive, Richard and Kirsty.
Funeral arrangements were by J. E. Severs, Main Road, Little Hale.
Donations were made to Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Butterfly Conservation.