Obituary: Wilfred Hacking

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Wilfred Hacking

THE funeral of Wilfred Hacking was held at Peterborough Crematorium, the Very Rev Mark Warrick, Dean of Stamford led the service.

Mr Hacking ran a successful local house building company, Fenland Estates, from 1964 to 1979 at Deeping St James.

The houses were built across south Lincolnshire and individually designed with a key feature being the distinctive local Stamford stone.

He particularly enjoyed designing the homes which in the early days included shingle tiles on the roof and round windows and a chimney running the full height on the outside of the house.

He was also the owner of the insurance brokers Steer and Co and Wiffen and Partners covering a period from 1966 to 1986, based in Spalding. The business eventually expanded to cover offices in Boston, Skegness and Metheringham near Lincoln.

He was a founder member of the Rotary Club in Deeping in 1974 and in 1975/6 was second president and treasurer for the following 15 years. In 1994 he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow medal (the highest honour Rotary International give) for his services to Rotary. He also became treasurer for a number of local clubs in the Deeping area, including the girl guides, scouts and WVS.

During the Second World War he was initially stationed at RAF Leconfield in Yorkshire but served the RAF as far afield as India and Burma and behind enemy lines at Dunkirk. His main job was to train the maintenance crews on aircraft such as the Whitley Bombers.

More recently he was a member of Burghley Probus Club and Deeping Probus. His main passion in life was golf and he was an active member of Milton Golf Club, Peterborough. He had the distinction of being struck by lightning at Milton Golf Course and managing to survive, but also scoring two hole in ones on the same course.

He loved travelling and walking and played golf all over the world. Later in life he took up bowls and was an active member of Deeping Bowls Club and Stamford Indoor Bowls.

He died at Priory Court Nursing Home, Stamford, aged 91.

He will be remembered for his style, charm and loyalty, and will be sadly missed by his widow Marjorie, daughter and son Cheryl and Paul, grandchildren Mark, Rachel, Sarah, Ben and Jo and great grandson Luke.

Family mourners included: Marjorie Hacking, Cheryl and Mick Bee, Mark Bee, Rachel Benson, Paul Hacking, Gill Arnott, Sarah Hacking, Ben Hacking, Joanna Hacking, Kate and Mick Beattie.

Sympathisers included: Bert and Dorothy Rogers, Alan and Barbara Romaine, Caroline Harris, David and Julie Creasey, Owen Creasy, Mildred Revell, Alan Creasey, Mrs M Creasey, John and Brian Thornthwaite (representing Probus), Beryl Francis, Janet Orland, Mrs R Randall (Mr and Mrs H Hingle), Iris Addy (Jean Rogers), Joan Hind, Gill Heelis (David Heelis), Mrs Gerry Smith, Trevor Kirk (Burgley Probus, Mr and Mrs A Burt), Peter Blesset, R Rudkin, Barry Wilkinson (Deepings Probus, Bowls Club).

R Stevenson (Deeping Bowls and Probus); John Bloomfield, J Stocking, A Blake, W Shepherd, Ivy and Jim Pringle, Anne and Don Crawley, Barbara and Peter Balyn (Probus); John Beeby (Sue Beeby), Ron Green, Marion (Jack, Lynne and family), Mr and Mrs J Thomson, Bill and Janet Colverson, Mrs Nellie Bell, Brian and June Hall and Pam Brown (Milton Golf Club), John and May Shellard, Hazel and Alan Partridge, Joan Ford (Douglas Neal, Margaret Alder), Mrs Brenda Mullins (Mrs Paula Harding), Mr and Mrs Tom Bates, Derek Osborne and Jessie Battle ( Market Deeping Probus), Anne Beeken (Liz Harrison, Deeping Inner Wheel); Patricia and Chesney Collicott, Pearl O’Brien, Geoff Cree, Brian Hodges and Bernard and Betty Windsor (Deepings Bowling Association); Arthur and Pat Dethick, Mr and Mrs A Cruck, Mr and Mrs E McCarthy (Mrs Phyllis Smith, Mrs Jean Smith), Roy and Sylvia Amos, Shahida Dar and many other friends.