RSM D. Lovatt (Ret’d)

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RSM Donald Lovatt, of The Knoll, Great Gonerby, has died at home. He was 79.

Born in Stoke-on-Trent, he was the son of Walter and May Lovatt.

In 1957 he married Josephine and they had three children, Christine, Wendie and Ivan. He was granddad to Hollie, Sam, Christina and James and great-granddad to Lily and Eva.

He completed his National Service and returned to Stoke-on-Trent, to help look after his siblings following his mother’s death. Following his marriage and the birth of his first daughter, he joined the Army. Mr Lovatt was a hardworking man and spent many evenings after work studying for his exams. He was soon rewarded with promotion and spent 22 years in the Royal Corps of Transport, taking up his last posting in 1976 as WO1 Regimental Sergeant Major, at the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, Grantham.

On leaving the Army he settled his family into village life in Great Gonerby.

Mr Lovatt was an accomplished mountaineering instructor, he loved music and played both the harmonica and the guitar. He loved to paint and could always be found because he constantly whistled the latest tunes.

He loved village life, he was often seen marching up to Great Gonerby Social Club to enjoy a pint and a chat with his friends. He looked and sounded like the RSM right up until the end of his life. He was well respected and will be sadly missed by his loving family and friends.

Robert Holland conducted the funeral service at Grantham Crematorium Chapel.

Family mourners included: Josephine Lovatt, Christine Lovatt, Wendie Lovatt, Ivan Lovatt, Hollie Lovatt-Brown, Sam Lovatt-Brown, Christine Lovatt-Brown, Eva Lovatt-Brown, Gloria Ernst, Christopher Harvey, Emma Butler, and Matthew Harvey.

Other mourners included: Ernest Weston, Elsie Weston, John Weston, Sylvia Weston, Cecil Taylor, Margaret Taylor, Brian Weston, Inez Weston, Robert Lambley, Janine Bellamy, Bet Jones, Liz Knipe, Graham Harrison, Mick East, Tracey Paddock, Martin Harvey, Graham Paddock, Alan Broad, Paul Broad, Sheila Hollingsworth, Sandra and David Thacker, John Knightall, Graham Darlow, Heather and Amy Drew, Bob Rippon, Keith Meadows, Robbie Askham, Karen Stevenson, Sheila and David Ward, Evelyn Richardson, Leileni Livingson, and John Grey.

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

Donations were received for the Royal British Legion, Grantham.