The funeral of Ivor Young of Churchill Road, Stamford, took place at St Peter and St Paul Church, Great Casterton, the Rev Jo Saunders officiating. Interment followed at Ketton Park Green Burial.
Son of Horace and Frances Young, Ivor was born in Carlton-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire but his family moved to Stamford where he went to school. On leaving school he served an apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery.
Ivor did his National Service in Korea and returned to Stamford where he met his future wife, Mavis Dunkley, at the Mid-Lent Fair. They were married in 1956 and bought their first house in Bentley Street, Stamford, where their daughters Karen and Mandy were born.
The family moved to Great Casterton in 1960 where their daughter Alison was born. Ivor worked hard to bring up his family. He worked for Norris Brothers then for Jelsons and eventually set up his own business as a carpenter and joiner.
In later life Ivor had the desperately difficult task of caring for Mavis who was increasingly suffering from Alzheimer’s. Ivor demonstrated just how caring and stoic he could be when faced with an almost insurmountable challenge. Eventually caring for Mavis at home became impossible and she was admitted to a nursing home. Ivor’s love and dedication were not diminished and he visited and tended to her regularly until the last weeks of his life.
Ivor had a lifelong interest in gardening and his garden was admired by everyone. He was a keen sportsman in his youth and in later life played bowls at Ryhall and indoors at Stamford. He continued playing bowls up to a month before his death and brought all his skill and determination to his game.
Ivor leaves his widow, Mavis, children Karen, Mandy and Alison and grandchildren Sam and Georgia.
Family mourners included: Karen and Ben Dennett, Mandy and Mervyn Thorpe, Alison and Julian Skerritt, Sam and Georgia Skerritt, Myra and Ray Matthews, Vida and John Laws, Colin Young, Nigel Young, Caroline Treston, Tracy Denton, Mark Young, Peter Young, Nicky Young.
Sympathisers included: Susan Sadler, Mr N Norris (representing Mrs J Norris), Pat Banks, Pam and Emi Rashid, Sarah Walker (Guy Skerritt), Elizabeth King (John King), Mandy Sears, Teresa Caucutt, Alec Burt, Martin Hewitt, Dianne and Peter Primett (Ray and Myra Matthews), Mr and Mrs Len Laybourn (Mrs F Turner, Mrs R Wardle), Mrs M Thorpe, Sally Hickman (David, John, Annie), Rina and Mervyn Waters (family), Pam and Barrie Plowman (J Sylvester), Sandra Baker (Wood Grange Care Home), Katya Petrona and nurses and carers from Wood Grange, Jim and Pauline Rimmington, Marian Freeman, Roy Prentice, Linda Ellis (Amy Norris), Mr F Barnsdale (Mrs Mollie Flint), Derek King, Michael Wallis, Dennis Henshaw, Stella Henshaw, Anne and David Harrison, Moira Dolby, Jean Dupree (Ryhall Bowls Club), Jill and Derek Veasey (Mr and Mrs S Veasey, Mrs L Findlay), David Smith, Bill Wittkopp (Alan Richardson), Jenny Sole, Frank Cook (Stephen Cook, Sue Bates), Janet Williams, Martin and Marion Southwell, Brigit Beeton (Raymond Harniss), Josie Smith and Betty Green (Eileen Dunkley), Mr and Mrs J Hawkins (Mr and Mrs Reedman), Dan Daly (Doreen), Clem and Pamela Walden (family), Peter Scott (Christine Scott), Audrey and George Bates, David Ingham (Mr and Mrs R Naylor), Peter Sharman, Lynda Grace, Ann Holmes, Eileen Dunkley, Susan and John Dunkley, Joe Dunkley, Brian Elliott, Christine Elliott, Josie Tyler, Elizabeth Dunkley, Mr C Norris, Mr L Norris, Paul and Carole Jepson.