THE funeral service for Peggy Aldcroft, of Lincoln Road, Stamford, took place at the United Reformed Church, Stamford, the Rev Jane Campbell officiating. Cremation at Marholm followed. Mrs Aldcroft died at home aged 86.
Daughter of Frederick and Florence Perfett and sister of Peter, Mrs Aldcroft was born, educated and lived in Stamford all her life and was very proud of being a Stamfordian.
She began her working life at Blackstones engineering works and in later years worked as a secretary at JHB North’s, in Water Lane, for more than 20 years until her retirement.
In spring 1944, at a Blackstones works dance, she met her future husband Alan Aldcroft. They were married on June 19, 1944, and had been married for 66 years.
Mrs Aldcroft had many interests, including sewing, knitting and making her own greeting cards. She enjoyed baking and making preserves, loved to walk in the countryside and travel to other countries with her husband.
For more than 50 years she was an enthusiastic and successful bowls player, playing both on indoor and outdoor rinks and at many clubs throughout the region. She won many competitions and trophies and was regularly picked to play for Lincolnshire. At national level she became an English triples champion.
She leaves her widower Alan and children Megan and Andrew.
Family mourners included: Alan Aldcroft, Andrew and Rosemary Aldcroft, Justin, Fiona and Sophie Aldcroft (representing Joseph and Ellie), Jon Barrat, Angela Wood (Bailey) Megan, Douglas, Toby and Simeon Bradshaw (Ruth Pinkney, Harry and Jack Bradshaw)
Sympathisers included: Rene Betts, Thad and Pam Wilk, Mrs Hazel Eastgate, Mrs Pauline Woodcock, John and Sheila Scholes, Colette Williams-Moors (Gerry, Gina and the Cummins family), Iain, Jackie, Isobell and Joseph Rowett, Simon and Carol Panter (family), Pam and Jim Park, Peter and Megan Dartnell (Jane, Paul, Ian and families), Dorothy Jackson (Don Jackson, Sid and Margaret Dolby, Belton Garden Bowls Club), Jill Veasey (Derek Veasey, Stamford Indoor Bowls Club and BGBC), Beryl Coils, Arthur Mitchell, Margaret Walker, Edna Rippin (Keith Rippen and BGBC), Betty Warters (Bob and Carol Warters), Joan Wakefield, Joan Ford (Douglas Neal), Jane Bradford, Stephen Banks, Tony and Marion Blow (family), Elizabeth Banks (Stamford United Reformed Church), Grahamme Sorfleet (Stamford Indoor Bowling Club, Royal British Legion), Rex Berresford (Mrs Barbara Berresford and Mrs Peggy Palmer), Joe Parrott (Margaret), Bill Johns (Jeannette and family), Barbara Hayre, Stephen Hayre, Sydney Littlehales (family), Judy Barwell, (Tony Barwell), Margaret Toon, Ann Macdonald, June Douglas, Liz Rylance, Ron and June Kettle, Gerald and Hazel Cotterill, Doug Balderson, Joyce Beal, Mr E Beal, Roger Smith (Janet Smith), Derrick Walker, Hilary Watson (Graham Watson, BGBC), Kathleen Cozens, Norman Bell (Vera Bell), Mrs Jean Maker and Mr Bob Maker, Brigit Beeton (Ray Harniess), Alan and Anne Sherwin (The Crofters), Elizabeth Cheffins, Ron and Susan Macey, Nora Holt, Frank and Olive Coates, Sheila Thompson (URC Friday Coffee mornings), Miss June Kettle (Wally Kettle), Pat Hinks (Hester and Reginald Roke), Edmund Saxby, Hazel Hiley (Lilian Godfrey), Mr A Baker (Sandra Baker), Ishobel Macnab, Mr and Mrs D Close, Liz and Kieran Richardson.