THE funeral service and celebration of the life of Kenneth (Ken) Smith, took place at Uppingham Parish Church, the Rev Roy Seden officiating.
Ken died after a short illness at his home at Parkfield Road, Oakham, surrounded by his family.
The sixth of seven children born to Rachel and Arthur Smith, he was born and educated at Uppingham. He attended the National School and at the age of 14 left school and worked as a farm worker.
For many years he worked in the building trade as a labourer and scaffolder. In the eight years before his retirement in 1989, Ken enjoyed being a caretaker at Uppingham CE Primary School.
For many years he enjoyed football, firstly as a player for Uppingham Town FC, where he won many cups and medals with the team, and later as an avid supporter of Arsenal.
In later years he played bingo, enjoyed the odd flutter on the horses, and was a keen gardener.
Most of all Ken was a devoted family man and loved to be surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Ken and his wife, Sheila, would have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary this October.
He will be sadly missed by his family, especially by Sheila, their children, 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren, Harvey, Annabell and Summer.
Family mourners included: Sheila Smith, Susan and Anthony, Dawn and David, Gail and Richard Smith, Karen and Philip Smith, Nigel Smith, Beverley and Alan Bartsch. grandchildren - Katy Smith, Lucy Smith, Gemma Anderton, Martyn Anderson, Andrew Anderson, Liane Anderson, Steven Smith, Marc Smith, Jodie Smith, Amy Smith, James Bartsch, Daniel Bartsch, Zoe Bartsch; Michael Neal (representing Margaret Neal), Malcolm Neal, Monica Taylor, Susan and Tony Clare, Ena Neal, Stephen Smith (Mrs Sylvia Smith), John Cowling (Doreen Cowling), Violet Rotherham (Martin Rotherham, Jane and David Lewin, Dick Smith, Mrs S Field); Anne Dawkins, Judy Berridge (Jo and Marcia), Francine Skidmore, Glynn Taylor, Dawn and Phillip White.
Sympathisers included: Andrew Anderson, Mr and Mrs Neville Garfoot, Helen and Walter Scott (family), Julia Dumford (Uppingham CE Primary School, Roy Dumford), Cilla McKie (family), Tony and Sharon Wallace, Terry and Bridget Carter, Liz and Gordon Shillcock, Carol and Mike Smith (Nick Barfield), Mrs Mavis Reid (Mrs Norma Bibey), Daphne Sear, Mrs Margaret Deadman (Michael, Colin and Alan Deadman).
Gill and Charles Lawrence, Doreen and John Furby, Mr Victor Diaz, Mrs Carmen Diaz, Reg and Ivy (family), Miss Anne Staples, Pat Slater, Di Bottomley, John Hall, Beaty Peasgood, Mike Gray, Iris Pollard, Frank and Diane Payne, Michael Brambini (Annie and Emma Brambini), Dave, Jo, Catherine and Emily Thorpe (Ray and Jean Thorpe), George and Monica Measures, Michael Baines (family, Graham Baines), Tim Dalby (Anne, Vincent and Stuart), Debbie Carrie (Stevie, Lianne and John Mitchell), Caja Irso-Coombes (Lone, Casper, Matteus), Herrick Southwell (family).
C Clarke, Ann Logue (Rosemary Smith and family), R Bartsch (family), Mr R Dalby (Frank Dalby and family), Josie Fruin, Frances Bent, Paul and Mary Muller (family), Alf and Sheila Barnett (Fran and Dorothy Tyers), Mona Chapman, Kath Grace, Mrs Betty Pollard, Mrs J Zoltanski (Mr J Zoltanski), Angie Luker (Margaret Bailey).