Born 1927 – Died 2 December 2010, Aged 83 years. Funeral 15 December 11am at Grantham Crematorium followed by service of celebration at 12noon in St James Church, Castle Bytham.
Trevor was born in Hull in 1927 the second son of four children to Francis and Leah – an elder sister Barbara and a younger sister and brother Stella and Michael. His childhood was spent in Hull where he was an accomplished sprinter known as Martin Lightfoot winning many trophies.
The family moved to Lincolnshire where his mother died when he was 16. He went to work as a tyre sales-man. He met Sheila in Spalding and after a three year courtship, as was the custom in those days, they married in 1953 and made their home in Spalding.
By this time he was Area Manager with Marsham Tyre Co. in Grantham so he looked for somewhere nearer to Grantham to live. He found ‘Southcote’ where he lived for 55 years. He was with the company for 30 years – but then took a new track – starting a Driving School. He taught most of the young folks in the surrounding area, was praised and loved them all and took great pride in getting them through at their first attempt. He finished teaching only 2 years ago.
Mark was born in 1956 and Sue 5 years later. We always considered ourselves very lucky to get a pigeon pair. He has always been proud of them both and always supported them in everything they have done – he never interfered but was always ready with wise words or even wise cracks.
In his younger days he played tennis and played most sports including badminton, bowls, golf, snooker, darts and thoroughly enjoyed a game of crib with his grandson, who picked up the art of winning from him, or with his friends in the locals. But his passion was his boat. He loved the water. With his mate Tom he would take day trips from Felixtowe to Zeebruge – 8hrs there – 8 hrs back or on a Banana boat from Boston Docks – just for the sea trip. His boat on the Norfolk Broads in the summer was joined by another ‘would-be-sailor’ Mike. He was a member of Elton Boat Club where he moored his boat on the Nene doing charity trips every year for the Club.
He was the 100th Senior Member of Rutland County Golf Club and always enjoyed a round with his pal Geoff.
He was a great village supporter – once walked to raise money for the Village Hall and charged for folks to view his enormous blisters. He was always on hand to help at Church functions – the best barman in the villages.
When the Midsummer Fair was collapsing he got together a few friends and managed to keep it afloat for the next four years. He was very much involved with the Hunter Trials for 13 years and was Chairman of the Castle Bytham and District Horticultural Society which was a great show in its day. He was treasurer of the local Conservative Association and the local rainfall was diligently recorded for the Met Office (and Glenside News) for more than 20 years.
He survived an horrific car accicent, a heart attack, had a new knee, a pace-maker fitted but never slowed down a second. He loved his life to the full and died as he always wished – to go to bed and not wake up.
He leaves behind Mark and Jan, Sue and Jim, 5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren – all dearly loved – who loved him dearly – even though he couldn’t always bring to mind their names!
He had a great sense of humour – never really grew up – the loss of such a character – and he was a character – leaves a big hole.
By Sheila Robinson
Edited from Glenside Feb 2011 : 06/02/11 : MG
Last Updated : 03/03/11 : MG