Hundreds of people are expected to pack into Lincoln Cathedral next Wednesday (May 28) to attend the funeral of Hugh Bourn.
The Wragby-based multi-millionaire died earlier this month.
The ‘proud’ farmer turned property developer received the OBE in 2011 for his charitable work and ‘services to the community of Lincolnshire.’
Tributes are already being paid with several Wragby residents highlighting Mr Bourn’s support of a number of local, county and country-wide organisations.
Mr Bourn’s autobiography - ‘From Humble Beginnings’ - said everything about his life.
The family started farming a few acres in the Wragby area. Today, they are responsible for over 13,000 acres.
After receiving his OBE, Mr Bourne, then aged 81, said: I am extremely proud.”
Mr Bourn was 21 when he began farming - a career which lasted a further 21 years.
Aged 42, he moved into the building trade, creating the highly successful Hugh Bourn Developments company.
The firm built more than 3,000 homes across Lincolnshire, more than 400 of them in the Horncastle area.
In August 2006, Mr Bourn and his family sold the business to Keir Homes Northern for a reported £53.3 million.
The sale propelled Mr Bourne into the Sunday Times Rich List where he and his family were named at joint 1,269th in 2009,
Mr Bourn increased his charity work and was particulary involved in helping the blind.
Among the many projects he supported, he bought the Mansion House for Louth Museum and donated £1.4m to the Epic Centre at the Lincolnshire Showground where he was elected President of the county’s Agricultural Society/ in 2010.