MORE than 90 mourners attended the funeral of Kenneth York, at Marholm Crematorium, a sign of the great esteem in which he was thought of among family, friends and members of the Royal British Legion. Minister Martin Brebner officiated and Sarah Wheeler, Mr York’s granddaughter, read a tribute, The Gardener’s Hymn was sung to honour his gardening skills.
Mr York, of Baston Road, Greatford, died at the Van Geest Unit, Stamford Hospital, aged 83.
Born in North Luffenham, he attended Oakham School and worked as a civil engineer for Stamford Construction for 37 years.
He served with the Army from 1945 - 1948.
A member of the Royal British Legion, he was a poppy seller in Greatford. He had a love of birds, breeding aviary birds and also feeding wild birds. A keen gardener, he attended other people’s gardens until his 83rd year. He also enjoyed holidays at home and abroad with his wife Brenda.
Family mourners included: Brenda York (widow), Susan and Hugh Wheeler, Sarah and Alex Wheeler, Yvonne Hunt, Paul Neal, Andrea and Alan, Gemma and Simon Wright, Jodie Lyon, Jonathan Lyon (representing Mr and Mrs Trevor Lyon), David and Sandra York, Stephen, Adrian and Sandra York, Bertha Beck, Peter Manson, Sandra Melton, Jack and Sunny Mason and Janet, Helen Mason (Kevin, Adam and Jonathan), John and Barbara Smith (Mr and Mrs Abrahams and family, Mr and Mrs N Smith and family, Mrs Linda Stocker), Margaret and Michael Mason, Neville and Shirley Ward, Alan and Sue Butcher, Mr and Mrs Kenny Butcher (family), Frank and Anne Johnson.
Sympathisers included: Victor Woodward (Sharon Long), George Jesson (Joan Jesson), Ibis Channell, Mrs Anne Wallace (Mr Fred Wallace and family, Mr John and Mrs Pat Banks), Mr and Mrs B Pell, Julie Rowland, Kay and Richard Thompson, John Foster, Reg Mee, John and Gwen Hewitt, Jim and Glad Charity, Rosemary and Gordon Berridge, Mr and Mrs David Handley (Alan Brown), Geoff and Donna Radley, Brian and Grace Marsden (RBL), C and M Black (chairman RBL), Trevor and Sandra Wilson (Derek Bowers), Kath and Terry Townsin, Mrs Jenny Crowson (McIntyre family), Mr and Mrs R Wilson (Mr A Cook), Cilla and Fred Smith (Ian Smith), Trevor Smith (Jo, Emma and Kate), Mr and Mrs T Grange, Bob and Jean Jibb, Mick Foster, Mr B Atkins (Janet Gray, Clive Gray), Sqdn Ldr A Tearle MBE (RBL Langtoft and Deepings branch), Bert Flatters, Norman Bingham, H Stevens and Frank Gartside (RBL), Graham Spencer (Langtoft, Deepings and District RBL), John Berridge, Brian Marsdon (RBL, Mrs Grace Marsdon).