Obituaries: George Lee

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The funeral service for George Lee, of Uffington Road, Barnack, took place at St John the Baptist Church, Barnack, the Rev David Mayler officiating. Organist was Elizabeth Snowball.

Donations were made to the British Heart Foundation.

The coffin was draped in the Union flag, on top was his parachute regiment beret and a single rose from his wife, Irene. The coffin was met by the Standards from Stamford and Barnack British Legion, followed by a guard of honour. Interment in the churchyard followed.

Born in Stamford to George and Gertrude Lee, he was educated at Casterton CE school and St Michael’s School, Stamford.

The eldest son he is survived by his eight siblings.

He worked within the construction industry for most of his life and worked for Archie Ireson, Billy Brick and Bowmans.

He later had his own painting and decorating business until ill-health forced him to retire 
early. When he was old enough he joined the war effort enlisting in the 2nd South Staffs 1st Airbourne Parachute Regiment.

He was wounded during this period sustaining shrapnel injuries and a gunshot wound. During his time in the army he married his first wife Gladys and they had a son called Tony, who sadly died in 2009.

He then went on to marry twice more, marrying his widow Irene in 1972. He adopted Irene’s four children and had his own daughter Georgina in 1973.

His interests included fishing, wildlife and breeding birds, later becoming a judge at several local bird 
clubs. He passed on his knowledge of fishing and wildlife to his family and later his grandchildren.

He enjoyed the music of Johann Strauss, especially the Blue Danube. He enjoyed listening to trumpeter John Barker who used to play in Stamford on Fridays and his version of requiem for a soldier was played when George was carried into church, by two of his grandsons, sons and both his son in laws.

At his funeral was the youngest member of his family, his six week old great granddaughter Emmie-Lee Ryder who sadly he did not get to see. Most of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren attended the funeral, all with memories of him showing them how to make rabbit nets or fishing.

He was a well-known face around Stamford, usually with a smile on his face and sweets in his pockets, telling people to have a couple for later, which several people remember him fondly 

Family mourners included: Irene Lee (widow), Richard and Georgina Welsh (representing Annabelle Lee), Maureen, Andy and Adam Peel, Stephen, Tracy and George Lee, John, Alex and Vicki Lee (Cath Lee, Scarlet), Paul Lee, Janet Wray, Olivia Lee, Rachael Lee and Emmie-Lee Ryder (Alan, Michaela and Pat Wray), Matthew Lee, Diane Makosch, Bethany Lee (family), Craig and Kerry Lee, Jordan, Savanna, Skye and Nyall, Ann Littlewood.

Ray Lee (Hazel, Stella, Barry), David Lee (Sarah and family), Rosemary Smith, David and Jo Clarke (family), Rachel and Charlotte Mitchell (John and Aaron), Sarah and Dave Dorson, Peggy and Keith Johnson (Keith, Michael, Nigel and family), Ian and Donna Johnson (family), Ken Johnson, Kelly Harris (family), Shirley and Reg Brandon, Andrew, Suzy and Sam (Billy and family, Australia), Kath Brown and Kathleen Walker (Mel and family), Derek and Francis Lee, Stephen, Jason, Paul and Hayley, Jane and Chris (family), Janet Laughton, Cathleen and Phillip Atkin (family), Steven and Bonnie Laughton (Susan Norland and Carol).

Sympathisers included: Josie Irving Bell, Denise Henry (Lance, T’Shah, Darren, Russell and Kevin Harris), Glenda Green (Tracy and Andrew Rippon and family), Jock Harris (Joyce Harris), Andrew Lamb (Sue Lamb), Tony and Betty Lamb (Richard Lamb), Belinda King (R King, M Woodruff, Z Green and family), Mr and Mrs Robert Lee (family), Yvonne Goodwin, Sheila Berrill (Barnack C E Primary School, Kath Swann), Harold Croft (Margaret Croft, Michael and Sheila Lee (Corn Exchange Theatre Company, family), Fiona Hardy, Beth Brown, Janet Aspden, Jane Killock and Ruth Broughton (Anne Farrer, St Mary’s Medical Centre, Stamford), Vic Woodward (St Mary’s Medical Centre Patients Group), Maura Goodwin (Brian and family), Daphne Hill, Dudley and Barbara Potter, Beryl and John Ingham (Yvonne Hillson), Valerie Warrington (Len Warrington), Val and Jean Lilley, Sandra and David Tilley (Mark Tilley, Betty Brader), Alan Dawson (Ann and family), Bernard and Sue Bohea (family), Trevor Saunders (Dorothy Wisdom), David and Beryl Ingram, J Smith (Mrs B Smith), Jean Launders (Jane, John and Philip), Brian and Della Clarke (James and Laura).

June Woolard, Rachal and Tony Cox (Christine, France and Colin Couzens), David Flynn (Jean and Andrew Flynn, Stamford Town Cricket Club), Philip and Margaret Agnew (Christopher and Felicity), Kathleen Clarke, Jackie Parr (Steven Bradshaw, David and Louise Parr), Dusty and Eileen Miller (Norman Depear), Valerie and John Ward (Richard, James, Guy), Arthur Poulton, Mrs M Fortnum and Mrs B Farmery (Mr C Fortnum), Mark Whitburn (Amanda, Jodie, Charmaine, Briony), Mary Burley (Ian, Katie, George), Beverley Robinson and Larry Knights (Michael, Thomas, Becky and Ruby), Sandra and Leverton (family), David Simpson (Elaine Ward), Iona Mullard, Jo Lewis, Mick and Stella Lenton, John and Julie Giddings (Stamford Cage Bird Society, Ozzie Cope), John and Josie Ward (Stamford CBS, Wayne, Debbie, Simon, Adam and Luke, Pete and Barry Ward), John and Nancy Mears (Rutland CBS).

Marion Freeman, Roy Prentice, Olive Thorpe (family), Joyce and Ted Murray, Yvonne Dunkley (Harry and Lucy), Steve Rickard (Shona, Jack and Ava), Keith and Christine Fry, Chris and Linda Laughton (Elaine Wade, John Laughton), Edna and Norman Howard, Tomase and Joanna Ryqiel (Nelsons Butchers, Lidl Stamford), Matron Susan Brooks (staff and Friends at Stamford Hospital), John and George Wright, Marion Crowson (John and Ria Sutcliffe), Chris Ketley (Judith, Adam and Amy), Ron Gash (Nicki Gash), Colin and Sue Howard (Tracy and Jamieson family), Michaela Crown (Stamford Market), Elizabeth Young (Caroline and Ali), Eunice Hudson, Christine Bradshaw, Diane Hindmarch (family and staff, Willie and Jane Franks), Caroline and Jessica Hughes (Paul), Catharine Wright (Richard, Hannah, Patrick and Arthur), Ian and June Graham (family), Columb Hanna (family), Tony Butters (Jenny), Reg Harrison (Eileen Pateman), Jen Birch (Mr N Norris), Mark and Clare Johnson, Ann Welsh (Robert Welsh and Jenna Thomson), Tony Townsend (family), Geoff and Wendy Bell, Mrs V McGowan (Royal Naval Association), Bob Cox, (Dave Young), Sandra Hubbard, Bill Campbell (Barnack British Legion), Brian Marsden (Lincs/Stamford British Legion), Ken Plant, Malcolm Morrice (RBL), Charles Clark; Steve Bonde, D Gladman, Ray Beresford, Shaun Arthur, Derek Burton, Gordon Williams (Jean Williams), John Copeland (family) and Paddy Moore (Royal British Legion, Stamford).