WELL-KNOWN farmer, Rodger Flint, of Tinwell Lodge Farm, died unexpectedly at home, aged 62.
Rodger was a member of a well-known farming family and was educated at Tinwell Primary School, Stamford School and Whittlebury School, near Towcester. He attended Kesteven Agricultural College and then embarked on a year’s work experience in Australia, spending time on different sheep stations and farms - honing his sheep shearing skills which he continued for several years after returning to farm in partnership with his father, Peter, at Tinwell Lodge Farm.
A talented young sportsman, he excelled in athletics, winning the Victor Lodurum award in his last year at school. He was an outstanding centre three quarter for Stamford Rugby Club, and was captain of the Notts/Lincs/Derby Colts XV. Two serious knee injuries meant that he progressed from a three quarter to a very effective front row forward. He was a county level junior squash player and a hard hitting batsman for Burghley Park Cricket Club. A founder member of Greetham Valley Golf Club, he was also an excellent game shot and until 10 years ago a keen fly fisherman.
Rodger could turn his hand to most things. While always a keen competitor at all sports he played, all events were a social occasion and an opportunity to have a bit of fun and ‘refresh’ oneself accordingly!
Roger had a wide circle of friends from many walks of life and will always be remembered for his sense of fun and his warm, generous nature.
He leaves his widow Ronni and two sons, Edward and Henry from a former marriage, and a sister, April Brown.
More than 500 people attended the thanksgiving service at All Saints’ Church, Stamford, a testament to how much he will be missed by so many. The service was preceded by a private family cremation at Marholm, the Rev Peter Pooley officiating.
Family mourners included: Ronni Flint, Edward Flint, Henry Flint, April and Michael Brown, Sarah Brown, Mark Penrose, Jonathan and Christie Elvin (representing Tom, Sophie and Jamie), Philippa Kendrick (Michael, Rebecca, Georgia), Ian and Fiona Keys (Charlotte, Oliver, Alexander), Mark Mutter (Julie-Ann, Alexandra, Sydney), Julie Calo, Carmel Flint, Jonathan and Claire Flint (family), Molly Flint, Jeremy, Angela, Richard and Alex Flint (Rebecca), Sue Flint, John and Jenny Gascoyne (family), Egerton and Libby Gilman (family), Robert and Jill Plant (family), Bruce, Neil and Andrew McClure, Peter Webb, Louise Kirk, Anthony and Judy Turner (John and Guy), Reg and Dorothy Webb.
Sympathisers included: Mark and Sue Walmsley (family), Mr and Mrs John Bardwell, David and Millie Tilson, Mrs Kathleen Shotbolt (Elizabeth Stacy), Kevin Vinter (Susan), David Cracknell, Paul Grist, Margaret Woodhead, Tom Crewe, Simon and Theresa Boon, Jane Smettem (Rob, Matthew, Laura), Harvey and Nicola Knipe, Mrs E Duffin (Vic Dolby), Morna Charmichael, Patrick and Terry Kilmartin, Charles Starkings, Carrie Woolford, Jeremy Dawson, Richard Tyler, Tom Bagge (Trustees of the Cecil Estate Family Trust and Strutt and Parker), Mike Reynolds (Mrs S Reynolds), David Reading (Bernard Reading), F Hinch (Hazel Hinch, Andrew and Jane Matthews, Bud and Betty Richardson), Robert and Jane Naylor (James, Ben and Nicky Naylor), Sam Duncomb (Emma, Tom, Edie), Guy Noton (Mrs Maggie Noton), Paul Spence (Stamford Tractors, Mrs E Spence, Dr Robert and Wendy Bass), Matt Brown (Brown and Jones Ltd), Helen and Dermot O’Neill, Mike Rowland (Charlie Rowland), Charles and Margaret Tyler, Bill and Lucy Sacker, John and Sally Naylor, Ollie Naylor and Chloe Crewe (Gemma Naylor), Tony Dolby and family (CWG Countrystores), Mrs Parsley (Julie and Denise), Dorothy Pridmore (Paul and Tess Pridmore), Allan With (Marcus Butcher), Phil and Jenny Allen (Gerald and Liz Allen, Malcolm and Sally Sly), Lorna Walker, Kathy Walker (Walker and Brown families), Tom Hindmarch (Jane Hindmarch and family, Duncan and Toplis), Richard Parkinson (Herbert Parkinson, Katy Parkinson, Andy Huyton), Margaret Haynes, Windy Higgs, Liz Bond, John and Chris Harper, Mark Douglas, John and Janet Cracknell (Eve and Bob McGowan).
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