RETIRED toolmaker, William (Bill) Kilpin, formerly of Edmonds Close, Stamford, died at Tallington Rest Home, aged 89.
He was born in Stoke Goldington, Buckinghamshire, the only son of Charles and Rosa Kilpin.
Due to his mother’s ill-health he lived with his aunt, Florence Turland, in Tinwell and Great Casterton, and was educated at Tinwell and Casterton Schools.
On leaving school he served an apprenticeship at Mirrlees Blackstone, Stamford, and became a toolmaker. For many years he was foreman of the tool room and worked there for 45 years.
During the Second World War he served with the local Home Guard.
He married Doris Cunnington of Easton-on-the-Hill in 1949, and they set up home in Easton-on-the-Hill and had a son and daughter.
Bill took early retirement because of his own and his wife’s ill health and they moved in 1982 to Stamford, but sadly Doris died in 1985.
When he was younger he was a keen sportsman, playing cricket and football for local teams.
He also played darts for The Oak Inn at Easton-on-the-Hill and organised social family coach trips to the seaside in the summer.
He enjoyed fishing and gardening and in later years watching all sport on TV.
Bill moved to Edmonds Close in 1988 where he enjoyed life, becoming involved in all the social activities, going on bus trips, playing darts, dominoes and playing and calling bingo.
Unfortunately due to failing health he moved to Tallington Rest Home in 2006, where he enjoyed the last few years of his life.
He leaves his son David, daughter Mary Suffling, grandchildren, Dawn Jackson, Sarah Cameron, Janine Jackson, Jamie Kilpin and Stephen Jackson and great grandchild Thomas Cameron.
The funeral service took place at All Saints’ Church, Easton-on-the-Hill, Canon Michael Wilson officiating.
Family mourners included: David and Lynn Kilpin, Peter and Mary Suffling, Dawn Jackson, Mark Collins, Janine Jackson, Jamie Kilpin, Laura Kilpin, Stephen Jackson, Kayleigh Jackson, Ken Plant (representing Andy Cameron, Sarah Cameron, Thomas Cameron), Olive Thorpe, Kevin Plant (Emma and Hayley Plant), Linda Mills.
Sympathisers included: Sue Chappell (Lionel Chappell), Mike Wilson, Mr H Gregory (Mrs R Gregory), Tracey Colley and Bev Walters (Tallington Care Home), John and Daphne Hawkins (Bailey family), David Parker (Janet Parker).