OBITUARY: Robert (Bob) William Mercer

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THE funeral service for Robert (Bob) William Mercer, aged 80 years of Rothwell, was held at the parish church.

The Rev Canon Ian Robinson officiated at the service and arrangements were by J W Varlow and Son of Caistor

Bob was a good gymnast and enjoyed boxing.

He was also a keen musician, playing the piano at local events in Grimsby.

He was drafted for military service and served his time in Burma as a warrant officer in the Army. However, he contracted Malaria and returned to England, where he spent a long time recovering in hospital.

He married his childhood sweetheart Jeanne and they celebrated their diamond wedding together. They moved to Rothwell in the early 1950s and he was a teacher of English and history at Caistor Yarborough School.

He also gave his service as chairman of Rothwell Parish Council and oversaw the well being of the village for many years.

He will be sadly missed by his wife Jeanne, daughter Gill and son David.

Immediate mourners at the funeral service were: Jeanne Mercer; David and Mandy Mercer; Lee and Holly Mercer; Matt and Katie West; Gill Mclean; Giles Goudge; Craig and Rebecca Rinder.

Others present in the congregation were: Phyllis Hollings; Julie Holt; Eileen Burnett; Alwyn and Alma Marriott; Trevor Knapton (former pupil); Glen and Margaret Chambers; Mr Hilton (rep Peter); Mrs Bates (rep Mr R Bates); Miss Moat (rep Ian Plaskett); George Plaskett (rep Judy); Frank Ward; Mr and Mrs J Hargreaves (church warden); Darren and Sue Featherstone; Dave Morton; Colin Butters; Doreen Hooker (rep family); Gordon Richards; Paul and Pat Snell (rep Derek and Joyce Snell); Gordon Rogers, Dave Marriott (former colleagues); Noel and Marion Black; Philippa Emms; Betty Dame; Tim Dame; Brian and Carol Griffiths; Paul and Jean Swaby; Mr and Mrs Simon Burst; Nigel Rowson (rep Blacksmiths Arms); Mr and Mrs Clark; Janet Cook; Sharon Kemp; Diane Mitchell; Kimberley Mitchell; Peter Mitchell; Derek Fox; Helen Griffiths.