Obituaries: Eric Rawlings

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Members of the Royal British Legion formed a guard of honour at Barn Hill Methodist Church for the funeral of Eric Rawlings, 64, of Parkfield Road, Ryhall. The Rev Julia Dowding officiated and Barry Hibbs was organist.

Interment followed at Ryhall Cemetery.

Mr Rawlings died after losing his brave fight against cancer, which he never once complained about.

He was the son of Ken and Frances Rawlings and was educated at Empingham Primary School and Casterton Secondary School.

On leaving school he worked at Allis Chalmers. He later worked at Tempest Diesels, Knights Farm Machinery, Images and Editions and Ampy Automation. Just before his illness he was working for Hindmarch garage.

A member of the Royal British Legion, his interests included reading, crossword puzzles, gardening, DIY and Stamford Brass. He also loved walking with his two special dogs. He was a keen Manchester United fan and enjoyed playing golf and watching Formula 1 racing.

Bereaved are his widow Sylvia, who he married in 1970, son Jason, daughters Donna and Sonia, son-in-laws Mark and Peter and grandchildren Georgia, Ellie, Victoria, Patricia, Morgan, Katharina, Sophia and Scarlett.

Family mourners included: Sylvia Rawlings (widow), Jason Rawlings, Donna Kopp (representing Peter, Victoria, Patricia, Sophia and Katharina Kopp), Sonia and Mark Swann (Morgan and Scarlett), Georgia and Ellie Swann, Ken and Sylvia Rawlings, Colin and Mary Rawlings (Toni and family), Dawn and Terry Ward (Lisa and Stu Davies and Pat Rawlings of Canada), Mavis and Charles Walker (Amanda Jane), Andrew Harrison and family, Elaine Rawlings (Sarah Ward), Lynn and Richard Chambers, Jean Kiely, Dennis and Kathy Kiely, Doreen and Hugh Jones, Jade Brown, Deborah and Adrian Brown (Kirsty and Greg), Duane Rawlings (Joy and family), Dean Ward (Leanne and Jack), Chantelle Walker (Violet Luckhurst), Phillip Walker (Natasha and family), Tracy and David Burke (Ryan and Chloe), Steven and Katie Walker, Paul Ward (Annabelle Abbott), Shane Chambers, Amie Depear, Paul and Adam Kiely, Lee Jones (Gareth), Neil Jones, Elsie and Peter Kiely, Christine and Richard Parker (Ron Kiely, Gillian and Andy Lomas).

Sympatisers included: Doreen Wadkin, Annette Bates (Steve and family), Paul Dennis, Martin Walker, Caroline, Richard, Megan and Bradley James, Neil Bothwell, Deborah Collingwood, Kayleigh Collingwood, Bob Cox, Chris and Liz Thorald (Derek and Ellen Thorald), Paddy Moore (Christine Moore, RBL), Keith Mellowes and Roy Prentice (Stamford British Legion), Mrs P Wilmer (Charles Wilmer, Carol Garwell), Wendy Dawson, Pauline Jones (family, Barn Hill Church), P Mears, Margaret and Peter Swann, David Nalson, George and Valerie Hemsill, Richard Hindmarch (Hindmarch and Co, Nicky, Polly, Tom and Charlie), Steve Taggart (Lois Taggart), Richard and Valerie Wright, Don and Jane Sismore (family), Josh and Jasmine Sorbi (Val Lofthouse).

Thelma and Ron Hallam, (Sue and James Hallam), Patricia and Rachel Harris (Jessie and Cherry), Jim Jackson (Maria Jackson), Mr and Mrs M Bagley (Adrian and Joanne), Patricia and Jodi Ranft, Paul Harrison, Pat Ablewhite (Richard Ablewhite), Dave Garwell (C Garwell, G Harris), Dennis Rouse, Derek Rouse, Pam Bell, Irene Kettle (John), Arthur Andrew (Aldona), Hazel Fisher (Dennis Fisher), John and Gill Ward (family), Janet and Bryan Herd, Diane McGreath (Mrs K Broadbent and family), Paul Swann, Thelma and Ron Hallam, Val Hopper (Martin Hopper), Linda Bowskill, Joan and Tony Wain, Celia Hall (Michael Hall), Peter Gilbert, Mr S Bonde, Mr D Gladman, Mr S Fay (Royal British Legion), John Copeland chairman RBL (Heidi Presland and Copeland family), Garry Hallam (Angela Hallam), Julie Maltby (David and Julie Chapman), Steven Maltby (Stuart and Becky Maltby), Eddie Adams (Christine Adams), Jill and Pete Collingwood, Martyn Bentham, Gary and Joan Dale (Lee and Nicole, Adam and Charlotte) Alan Long, John and Eileen Purvis, Barbara and Mick Coulbeck (Michelle and Tim Cunnington), Marian Freeman, Jim and Pauline Rimmington, James family, Emma Binder (Andy Binder, Vicky Warren), Stuart Busby (Eleri Busby).

David Hardstaff (Tempest Diesels), Colin Helstrip (Nip Helstrip), Stanley Szyszka, Michael and Valerie Dolby, John and Stella Smith (Nora Harris), Mr R Beresford (Mrs S Beresford), Malcolm and Jane Brandrik (Leann), Martyn Troth, Julie Bush (Raymond Bush), Kate and Maurice Ellery (Kate Pasterol, Barn Hill Church), Maureen Riley (Tom Riley), Denis Seward (Vi Seward), Vince Holmes, Simon Wells, Wendy Baker, Terry Baker, Hilary Windsor (Clifford and Sharon Windsor), Dennis Ketteringham, Dorothy and Cyril Colbert, Ian Fox, Marjorie Darke (Malcolm Darke), Rufus Shoon, Jan and George Hetherington, Peta Cassidy.