Obituary: Robin Ellis

Robin Ellis

THE funeral service for Robin Ellis, of Queens Road, Uppingham, took place at Barrowden Church, the Rev Geoff Angell officiating. John Comber was organist.

Mr Ellis died at Chater Lodge, Ketton, aged 80.

Born in Ipswich, the first child of Frank and Dorothy Ellis, Robin returned to Barrowden as an infant to the family home, which was a Burghley Estate cottage.

His father owned a mobile fish and chip van (possibly the first in the country) and by the time Robin’s sister Rosemary was born the family had settled into The Chestnuts at Barrowden, and his father had started an agricultural spreading business.

Robin attended the village school and was taught by the famously strict headmistress, Mrs Dixie. He was also a choir boy at Barrowden Church, under the stern eye of Mr Griffiths.

The Second World War began when Robin was eight and he and his friends found it an exciting time. Robin moved on to Stamford School and on leaving, worked as an apprentice carpenter for Mr Cavill, of Ketton. Although he did not go on to become a carpenter, he learned basic woodwork skills that came in useful during adulthood.

Robin then went to work for his father, and during this time met his future wife Erica, as her father became station master at Wakerley Station and her family lived in the station house.

Robin left Barrowden to serve his National Service with the RAF in 1952, which he enjoyed, making many good friends, three of whom became friends for life.

Erica and her family moved to Gosport, Hampshire, and Robin spent many hours travelling across the country to visit her during his leave.

On demobilisation Robin and Erica were married in Gosport in May, 1955, and returned to a newly- built house in Barrowden.

Their three children, Jane, John and Richard were born and Robin continued working for his father, eventually becoming a partner in the firm F H Ellis and Son.

Robin continued to play a big part in village life and served on the parish council and village hall committee.

He was also in the local domino league for many years.

He became a grandfather in 1982 and four more grandchildren followed.

In 1985 he and Erica closed the business and left Barrowden for a new life running a post office in Marston near Grantham. After Marston they took on a post office at Scarcliffe in Derbyshire, until Robin’s retirement in 1995.

Just before leaving Scarcliffe, he won a round the world trip for two at the local cash and carry, and managed to swap the prize for a Caribbean cruise, which they both enjoyed immensely.

On his retirement they moved to Uppingham and until Robin became ill, he led a very active life. The couple were able to see a lot more of their five grandchildren and he also tried out bowling at Uppingham Bowls Club, playing for many years, and also became treasurer. A keen gardener, he rented an allotment spending many happy hours there, keeping the couple in fruit and vegetables. He also enjoyed DIY.

Robin became a great grandfather to Jack in 2009 and despite being ill, the event gave him much happiness and he loved to see and talk to the little boy.

Sadly as his illness progressed he was unable to enjoy activities, but still loved to socialise and visit friends and family as much as possible. The last social event was his surprise 80th birthday party, organised by Erica in September, 2011, held in Barrowden Village Hall and attended by many family members and friends.

Family mourners included: Erica Ellis (widow), Jane and Wayne Walker, John and Richard Ellis, grandchildren - Charlie Walker, Tom Walker, Kelly, Josh Walker, Heather Edgar and Emily Ellis; great grandson Jack; Rosemary Roberts (representing Sybil Mills), Timothy and Rachel Hirst, Tony and Pat Hirst, Mrs G Starsmore, Mrs S Watts, Margaret Ellis, Chris Bushnell, Dave and Sue Ellis-Nixon, Jean Green and family, Michael and Jean Ellis, Frank and Hazel Hinch, Graham and Janet Mills, Nigel and Maisie Stanton,

Sympathisers included: David and Elizabeth Clayton (family, Tony and Gill Bowley, John and Joan King), Mary and Mike McWhinnie (Dave Barber), David and Janice Anderson, Frank and Diane Payne (Age Concern Day Centre), Judith and Michael Lomas, Derrick Bell (Pat Bell, Roy and Angela Hathaway, Dora Allibone), Muriel Biggs (Gladys and Alan Blake), May Lammie (Andrew and Mark Lammie, Dorothy and Dennis Wright), Ivy Titchard (family), Annie Inchley and Sharon (Rose Matingley), Dick Matthews (Mary Matthews Chater Bowls Club), Wilf Nickson (Uppingham Bowls Club), June Spence (Jill Spence, Uppingham Bowls Club), Lucinda Hoyles (Larry Hoyles), Ron and Liz Sismey, Peter Killips, Jane Pearson, Barrie and Dorothy Holland (Shirley Wallhead), Edwin Kelham, Robbie Kelham, Pearl Long (Barry), Greta Story (Bill), Adrian and Caroline Sharpe, Les and Sue Marsh, Alex and Barbara Watt (Rutland Square set), Robin Schlich (Heather Schlich), Ian Hay (Harold and Sheila Sleath, Jack Pearce), Fred Lunn, Richard Toms, Gerald Clarke (Lilian Clarke), Mr D Brooks, Mrs C Brooks, Les Uppjohn (Len and Ivy Ward), Ray and Jennifer Bailey, Ron and Anne Holder (Colin and Margaret Waters), Margaret Hammond, John Hall, B Peasgood, John and Mary Denyer, Pam Thorpe (Paul, Barbara and family), Nora and Alan Fox (family), Gwen Beecham (Jean Hunt, Dorinne Warren, Jean Gill, Jill Scott), George and Tammy Dalby (Chater Lodge), Sheila Love (Uppingham Bowls Club), Barbara Cockerill (Val Baker, Ken Fogleman, Chris and Norman Rawlings, Uppingham Bowls), John and Rita Knowler, James Hirst, Tom Saunders (Viv Saunders), Una Lemon and family, Bert Sayers, Colin Wright, Margaret Wright (David Ward, Devina Ward), Grace Wilkinson (Les Wilkinson, Walter Paling), Brian Kirby, Wayne Shaw (Anthony), Bruce and Linda Kirkcaldy, Derek and Neville Potts.