JACK Bowden, of Holland Road, Stamford, died at Peterborough Hospital aged 87.
Born in the Stoke area, Jack moved to Stamford while serving with the Royal Leicestershire Regiment during the Second World War and was stationed at Burghley Park. During this time he met and married Kathleen Bagworth, of Ryhall. They made their home in Stamford with their six children, and enjoyed many happy years of marriage, until the death of his wife.
After the war, Jack worked as a welder and fitter, at Martins in Stamford. He then moved to Henry McNairs Foundry at Ryhall until its closure. The later years of his working life were spent at Williamson Cliffe in Stamford.
On retirement he enjoyed working in his greenhouse, gardening, photography and up until his death he had a keen interest in computers.
Canon Hayden Smart officiated at the funeral service at Marholm Crematorium.
Family mourners included: David Bowden, Dawn Cutmore, Lee Graham (representing Julie and Jock Graham, Kerry and family), Christine Smith (David, Becky and Jake, Sharon Adams, Stuart and Kirsty), Sue and Derek Edwards, Gary and Vicky Edwards (Caitlyn), Sherryl Edwards, Juliet and Jason Morris, Elizabeth and George Edwards-Morris, Steve and Alison Bowden, Katie (Hannah), Amy and Carl, Paul and Maggie Bowden, Tracy and Shaun Muffett, Raymond and Jane Bowden, Claire and Lee Barber (George and Tom), Sarah, Chris and Aimee Buntin, Catherine Bowden, James Bales (Georgie and Hollie), Jason Savage and Kazia, Terry and Jenny Bowden, Stuart Bowden, Kirsty and Erin, Danny and Jane Bowden, Gemma Cutmore and Mick Hodson (Lisa Cutmore and family, Charlotte Cutmore and family), Robert and Sigourney Bix, Sarah Bix.
Sympathisers included: Irene Blake, Jane Dickens (Ben Dickens, Richard, Emma and family, Sylvia, Michael Hogan and family), Darren and Tracy Harris (Mr and Mrs B Harris and family, Mr and Mrs G Vines and family), Chris and Paula Edwards (Alex, Lauren and Jack), Colin and Sue Carpenter (Alice and Grace), Anne and Martin Virgin (Scott and Brett), Janet and John Girling (Andy and family, Michelle and Gareth), Anne Williams (Bob, Kevin and Denise), Sid and Mildred Crook, Alex Jarvie, Martin McHugh.