THE funeral service for Charles (Bill) Plant, of Westland Road, Cottesmore, took place at Grantham Crematorium. Donations were made to Empingham Medical Centre and Cottesmore Amateur Football Club.
Mr Plant died at Grantham Hospital, aged 81.
Son of Anna and Charles Plant (his mother died when he was 10), he was educated at Ryhall Primary School and Casterton College.
On leaving school at the age of 14 he became under-gardener at Gunthorpe Hall.
Bill served three years National Service with the Army from 1946 to 1949, and on leaving the Army became a gardener at Harry Thorpe’s market garden at Oakham. He then worked as a cam grinder for Mirrlees Blackstones, Stamford, for 40 years.
On his retirement, he became groundsman for Cottesmore Amateur Football Club and was also a member of the Royal British Legion in Oakham and Cottesmore Sports and Social Club.
Bill was well-known for his large beautiful garden where he grew vegetables and huge chrysanthemums. He also enjoyed playing whist, bingo and watching sport, especially Cottesmore Amateur Football Club.
He leaves his widow June, daughter Marie, son Mark and grandchildren Darren and Sharon.
Family mourners included: June Plant (widow), Marie Russell, Mark Plant, Patrick Russell, Darren Russell and Sharon Ballaam.
Sympathisers included: Lynette Durham, Norma Shawyer, Jennie Keech, Robert Evans, Tony Russell, Keith Russell, Margaret Russell, Patricia Russell, John and Christine Neal; Gordon McNeill and Allan Westry (representing Cottesmore FC), Shirley Smith (Brenda Townsend, Peter and Mary Slater), Rosemary and Toby Harris, Neville Stafford, Michael Fennel, Edward Adams, Tom and Gwen Coggan (Malcolm and Margaret Croson), Susan and Henry Ferguson, Carolyn Selby.