Bernard Richard Jackson, affectionately known to everyone as Bun, was a well-known and highly respected member of the community in East Barkwith and the Wragby area, and his friends and neighbours learned of his sudden, but peaceful death, at the age of 79 in Lincoln County Hospital with great sadness.
He is survived by his wife Hilda, son Neal, daughter Linda King and three grandchildren - Frances, Jason and Jamie. The second son of the Cecil and Charlotte Jackson, Bun was born at Dog Kennel Farm, Glentham and was 12-years-old when he came to The Manor Farm at East Barkwith, after his father gained employment as a waggoner with A Duckering and Sons.
He completed his education at Donington on Bain School when he was 15, after having to spend an extra year as the school leaving age was raised in April 1947, just a few weeks before his birthday.
He was already working at nights and weekends for George Kime at nearby Ivy House Farm, as well as helping with the milking before he went to school, and joined him full time as soon as he was able.
After 22 years, Mr Kime retired from farming and Bun joined Holton Power Farmers, before spending time as a crane driver at Holmes Woodyard, Wragby until it closed down.
Bun completed his full time employment at the Wragby Plastics factory as a moulder and was working part time as a school taxi driver, when he suffered a stroke in 2000, from which he never fully recovered. Bun met his wife to be, Hilda Blackburn of Wragby, at local social events when they were growing up and the old YMCA hut at East Barkwith was the hub for film shows and dances.
Love blossomed and they were married at Wragby Methodist Church and made their home, initially, at Spring Gardens, East Barkwith, where son Neal was born.
Facilities were limited for a family with a young baby and in 1960, they were allocated the newly built council house at The Bodkin in Torrington Lane, which was to be their home for almost 50 years, and where daughter Linda was born. Bun was involved in all aspects of village life and was one of the longest serving members of the Village Hall Committee, taking office as treasurer for many years.
He worked tirelessly with other committee members planning and organising events to raise the funds needed to build the new hall.
He loved joining the popular concert parties that performed to sell out audiences in the old hut and the hilarious shows are remembered with nostalgia by many who recall the happy times there before it was demolished to make way for the new building.
His jovial sense of humour was always evident and added to the fun at the prize bingo evenings in later years, when he was on duty calling the lucky numbers. He was also a member of the Village School Committee, which worked under the enthusiastic head teacher Peter Miles in the 1960s to raise funds to build a swimming pool and once the target had been reached, along with other dads, he was a member of the working party digging the foundations for the pool under the direction of John Asher.
All were very proud of their achievement which meant that in less than twelve months, not only were all the children able to learn to swim before they left primary school, but the adults had an opportunity to learn after school hours too, and Bun took advantage of this. He was very proud to have served as a Special Constable for almost thirty years, until he reached the compulsory retirement at the age of 55 and was presented with a commemorative plaque in appreciation of his loyal service, of which he was very proud, but Bun had really enjoyed his time as a ‘special ‘ and acknowledged the opportunities and experience he had gained. His jovial personality meant he was always a popular bar man in his spare time too and he had worked for respective landlords at all the local hostelries in Wragby and at the Cross Roads, East Barkwith and served regularly behind the bar at dances and discos where he enjoyed meeting many people over the years.
He was also a member of the Cross Roads dominoes team, playing in the Wolds Darts and Dominoes League, while a further interest was the Premier Lodge of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, which he joined when he was 21 and had become a Roll of Honour member before the Wragby branch eventually came to an end. In 2009 Bun and Hilda had reluctantly to leave the home where they had spent so many happy years after Bun had a fall and injured his hip and his more limited mobility prevented him from negotiating the stairs.
They were allocated a bungalow in Wragby where they settled very happily and while he still considered East Barkwith, having lived there for more than 60 years, as home, they were able to get out and about more easily to the shops whenever they wished with Bun riding on his mobility scooter.
He continued to enjoy his weekly visits to see his friends at the Wragby branch of Disability Lincs too where he had been a member for several years while he was able and both joined in with the monthly social events.
As he gradually became less mobile, he was devotedly cared for by Hilda, with the help of her family, until he had to go into hospital for the last few weeks of his life, when in need of specialist nursing care. The Lincoln crematorium was filled to capacity, with standing room only for many, at the service held to celebrate his life, which was led by family friend the Rev Sue Bradley, who also gave the tribute.
His grandchildren read a poem ‘the love we have for Grandad’ and ‘Always Look on the Bright Side’ was played as the congregation left. Funeral arrangements were made by the Lincolnshire Cooperative Funeral Services of Horncastle.
Family Mourners were: Hilda Jackson (wife); Linda King (daughter); Neal and Brenda Jackson (son and daughter-in-law, also representing Les Bromfield); James and Frances Duke (granddaughter and husband); Jason King and Sarah Gurney (grandson and partner); Jamie Jackson and Anna Sadler (grandson and partner); Ron and Sylvia Jackson, Gordon and Annette Jackson (brothers and sisters-in-law); Margaret Redfern, Brenda Shackleton (sisters); Brian and Shirley Woolsey, Michael and Joyce Videan (sister and brother-in-law); George and Ann Blackburn, Colin and Rene Blackburn, Gordon and Yvonne Blackburn (brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Tom and Janet Callow, Chris and Doreen Dobbs (sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law); Barbara Blackburn, Nora Blackburn sisters-in-law); Denis Blackburn (brother-in-law); Ann Wilson; Mr and Mrs Dean Shackleton; Debbie Shackleton; Vickie Shackleton; Charlotte Shackleton; Tyler Jackson, Miss T Clancey, Diane Jones, Gary and Mandy Fryer, Poppy Fryer, Jack Fryer, Colin Bamforth, Andrew Bamforth, Caroline Rimmer, John Money, Sallyanne Money, Harriet Osborne, Minn Vickers and Penny, Jane Evans, Kerry Dobbs (also representing Jackie Dobbs), Diane Smith (nephews and nieces); Christine Gibson, Pat Jackson, Bev and Carol Jackson, Ann Reid (cousins). Friends present included Jeff and Janice Duke; Steve Alcock; John Anderton; Alan Atkin (also representing Elsie Atkin); Alan Bancroft; Gloria Briggs; Brian (Amos) Baxter; Christine Boryszczuk; Dennis and Jean Brader; John Brader; Frank and Margaret Briggs (also representing Robert Eustace); Teresa Bruntlett (also representing Bas Bruntlett and Kevin Barker); Yvonne Bryson; Bernard and Pat Chambers; Mary Jordan; Shirley Booth; Melvyn Clark (also representing Debbie Clark); Marilyn Clark (also representing Grace Clark, Yvonne Wilson, Maxine Gibson); Barry and Dorothy Drury; Mick and Pat Flinton; John and Kay Franklin; Neil and Cynthia; Mrs C Gibson, Alice Hodgson (also representing the Wragby branch of Disability Lincs and the Hodgson family); Ian Hopper (also representing Nicola Hopper); David Howsam (also representing John Epton); John and Janet Hubbard (also representing Jane and David); Denis Ivatt; John Kane (also representing Margaret Kane, Tony Lee, Keith and Miriam Lee; Karen Lee (also representing Rachel Lee and Annette, Paul and Harry); Brian Lingard; Duncan and Linda Longmate; Bill and Sheila Minns; Graham and Sylvia Mowbray; Graham Pearson; Bernard Pixsley; Betty Robinson (also representing Ken Robinson); Andrew and Susan Sayers; Mr Scott; Mrs Ronnie Segasby (also representing Andrew Segasby and the Segasby fanily); Richard Stamp (also representing Graham Noon); Mick and Irene Baxter (also representing Fran Temple); Liam Wallis (also representing Kevin Wallis); Philip and Diane Ward; Mrs Jean Lomas also representing Mr Ged Lomas; Mr Geoff and Mrs Betty Ward; Mr Andrew Wylie; Mrs Sharon Fox, Mrs Hazel Kingswood, Dawn Oliver (also representing the family and all at M and Co) and many others.