Obituary: Dennis Eardley

Dennis Eardley EMN-150216-085233001
Dennis Eardley EMN-150216-085233001

A familiar figure at Market Rasen Racecourse for many years has died aged 66.

Dennis Eardley died in Scunthorpe General Hospital after a long illness.

He was part of the St John Ambulance volunteers’ team that did duty at the racecourse in the 1980s and 1990s on days when meetings were held.

Mr Eardley was the husband of long-serving Brigg Town Councillor Ann Eardley.

As well as his work with St John, Mr Eardley was a founder member of the Scunthorpe Royal Artillery Association which he helped set up in 2000.

He served in the 12th Regiment Royal Artillery, retiring from the Army in 1979, and working later as a lorry driver.

Other roles included being a porter at the former Glanford Hospital and caretaker at Brigg Prep School.

His hobbies included gardening and, together with his wife, often won awards in recent years in the Best Kept Garden Awards run by Brigg Town Council.

His funeral at St John’s Church was followed by committal at Woodlands Crematorium.

Tony Holmes of Market Rasen, who worked as a volunteer with the St John team at Market Rasen Racecourse, said: “Dennis was a great supporter of St John and the Racecourse.

“I got to know him well. He was a qualified first aider and he was on duty through much of the 90s and used to come over to our Market Rasen branch when Brigg St John folded.

“We were very sorry to hear of his death.”