The funeral of James (Jim) Knight, 77, of Priory Court Care Home, Stamford, formerly of Toll Bar, Great Casterton, took place at Marholm Crematorium, the Rev Nicola Dela-Croix officiating.
Son of Stan and Gladys Knight, he was educated at Casterton School. He served an apprenticeship at Bowmans as a wood machinist, joiner and carpenter and later worked as a wood machinist at Surtons. He then moved on to become an estimator and designer, working with pre-stressed concrete at St Ives Sand and Gravel, Dowmac, and Ketton Cement. He also taught woodwork and owned his own business making staircases and furniture.
Jim served his National Service with the RAF as part of a radar team at Bawdsey, Suffolk.
He was a talented, clever man, especially working with his hands and made musical instruments (mainly guitars and flutes) from wood and fibreglass. He enjoyed foreign travel, photography, listening to folk music, watching horseracing, motorbikes, fishing, playing bridge, crib, darts, and bowls and was also a member of Stamford Rifle Club.
His kindness and help has been appreciated by many and his dry sense of humour will be missed, but remembered and cherished.
Family mourners included: John and Sue Knight (representing Charles and Irene Jones), Jude Knight (Percy and Betty Fidler, Dave Munton, Teresa Lowe), Chris, Rhona, Josiah and Misha Knight (Isaac), Steve Knight (Sue and Darrell Mason), Sandra Parker (Chris Dunham), Caron Chamberlain (Alan, Scott and Dayna), Ron and Barbara Knight, Frank and Sue Knight, Jenny and Bill Paterson (Doreen and Mable Burgess), Derrick and Margaret Sargeant, David and Jean Sargeant, Jean and Alan Dawson, Barbara Barrow, Kevin Scarle (Natalie and Charlie).
Sympathisers included: Cliff and Mary Hillyer, Susan Dwyer, Howard Barnett, Erica Barnett (Peter Woolley), Ray and Dawn Cheeseman, John Reynolds (Elaine), Steve and Lois Taggart (Matthew, Pete and Linda Seamer), Marion Walker, Andy, Sue and Paul Lamb (Richard and Chris Sheppard), Brian and Wendy Burkitt, Eric Arling, Margaret Chamberlain (Ken), David Ingham, Dennis and Stella Henshaw (Alan Richardson, Ryhall Bowls Club), Steve and Sally Harwood, Dennis and Mary Smith (Stamford Indoor Bowls Club), Mrs J Drummond (Brian and Jonathan), John Sylvester (Neil Gregory), Andrew Woodhouse (Colin Bowler and Ian), Mr B Salmon (Air Cdr Gover (Ret), Mr and Mrs L Laybourne), Andy Watts and Anna, Ann Osborn, Michael Plant, Norman and Catherine Hazeldine (family), Alan Pentney and Marion Wroth (Mr and Mrs Colin Richards), Paul Flanagan (Design Dept, Casterton Community College), Kevin Shanks, Roger Jessop (Casterton School), Edna and Norman Howard, Linda Collinson, Bill Armstrong, Ann Linton, Albert and Pat Barlow.