THE funeral service for Stanley Stevens of Burley Crescent, Oakham, took place at Grantham Crematorium, the Rev Peter Townsend officiating.
Stanley was born in Somerset in 1922 and even though he moved to Cleethorpes in 1955 with his wife Gladys and three young children to be near Gladys’ family, he always remained a west countryman at heart.He served in France during the Second World War, and on demobilisation returned to his trade as a carpenter and joiner. He was a true craftsman who took great pride in everything he did.
On his retirement in 1987 he and Gladys moved to Rutland to be near their daughter Val and son Dave. Their younger son Mike has lived in Norway for nearly 40 years, and they enjoyed many holidays there.
They both joined Market Overton and Cottesmore bowls clubs, Stan became a keen and competitive player and made many good friends. Sadly Gladys died in 2007.
Family mourners included: Val Beasley, Dave and Pam Stevens, Mike and Anki Stevens, Andrew Hotchin, Ian Hotchin, Claire and Darren Burton, Joanne, Nigel, Katherine and Kieran Eaton, Teela, Ford and Devon Hotchin.
Sympathisers included: Hedley and Margaret Snow, Christine Odams, Pam Sharpe (Yvonne and Gordon Smith and Barbara Godley), Joyce and Roy Walker, John and Cath Mitchell, Hayley Sherriff, Jonny and Lynn Abbott (Michelle Abbott), Pat Crowe, S Forbes (J Hutton), Marion and Peter Craddock, Edna and Derek Reed, David and Linda O’Regan (Paul and Christopher), Maureen and Gerry Barker (Cottesmore Indoor Bowls Club), Mary Slater (Peter Slater), Frank and Margaret Haynes, Jason Burton, Tony Collison, Les and Ann Cusdin (Market Overton Bowls Club).