IT was with such sadness to family, friends and neighbours heard of the death of John Edward Martin, who passed away at his home in Wragby.
John, aged 69, was born at Lissington and grew up in Holton Beckering with his sister Carole.
He was educated at the “Old Grammar School” in Wragby, before moving to the secondary school in Horncastle.
Upon finishing school, he went to work for Howard Crapp at Holton and then for Holton Power Farmers.
It was at that time he met his future wife, Barbara Boothby (Tilly), and the couple were married in West Torrington on April 12 1969.
They made their first home at Freshfield Farm, owned by Dougy Dunn, where they rented a bungalow.
John then moved on to working for Steve Kilmister, who also owned Barn Farm on the Torrington Road.
In 1970, John and Tilly moved to Wragby into a new house on Newton Close, where they remained to the present day.
Having become proud parents of their son Paul, the two became three and John and Paul became very close, enjoying each other’s company – a real father/son relationship.
Paul enjoyed the school holidays, when he could go to work with his dad who was then working for Dave Stephenson at East Barkwith
As a family they enjoyed family visits, trips to Skegness and especially Christmas time.
John worked hard over the years, moving onto employment with Peter Ireland at South Willingham, Holmes Woodyard in Wragby and Fosters at Langworth, before attending Riseholme Agricultural Institute which gave him the opportunity to start up his own gardening business, which he really enjoyed.
He loved meeting people, being outside and was so respected by many – affectionately called Harold or Steptoe.
Over the years John and Paul did so much together, attending the traction engine rallies, ploughing matches, the air show and of course Truck-Fest.
Even though father and son – they were the best of friends.
John also had much time for others and, whatever the weather, he would be out collecting for St Barnabas Hospice.
His barbecues were visited by many and, in quieter moments, he was so fond of his dog and the fishpond.
John is now survived by his wife Barbara (Tilly) and son Paul and will be missed by so many.
The Service of Thanksgiving was held at All Saints Church, Wragby, followed by cremation at Lincoln.
The Rev Mark Holden officiated and funeral arrangements were made by J Marshall of Market Rasen.
Family mourners were: Barbara (Tilly) Martin (wife); Paul Martin (son); Carol and Andrew McBain (sister and brother-in-law); John Boothby, Ray and Mary Boothby, Alan (Ago) and Brenda Boothby (brothers-in-law); Audrey and Pete South (sister-in-law); Valerie and Andrew Cooper (niece, also representing Laura Cooper); Paula Boothby and Mark Rowlett, Maxine and Darren Cunningham, Eleanor Boothby and Lee Marsh, Sarah South, Julie and Jack Peckham (nieces); Marie South and Millie South (niece and great-niece); Edie Martin (aunt, also rep Mr K Martin, Mrs L Martin, Mr E Tuplin and Mrs R Tuplin); John Asplin, Yvonne Mullen (née Martin), Amos Baxter, Geoff Reid (cousins); Amanda Munford, Sophie Newberry (great-nieces); Jamie Asher (great-nephew);
Names taken at church: Bob Clark (Verger); Shirley Blakey; Dorothy and Dave Warr; Jo Bailey (also rep Stephen, Emma and Matthew); Vera and Alan Smart (also rep Clare, Wayne and John); Margaret and John Kane (also rep John Murphy); Sylvia Lowman (also rep the family); Mrs J South; Mr C Green (also rep P A Green); Brian Lingard; Geoff Ward; Anthony Dixon; Mr and Mrs Gordon Blackburn; Tony (Titch) Lee; Ann Green; Mr K Lee (also rep the family); Gloria Briggs; Alan Bancroft; Julie Kulezich and Jessy Romy (also rep Tanglewood at Horncastle); John Edwards; Cherry Wilkinson; Steven Hollingshead; Sheila Cartwright (organist); Jean Wardle (also rep Frank Ward); Ian and Lesley Fabris (also rep Sandra Kirk); Pete and Sam Hart; Dave Howsam (also rep Rosemary Howsham); Janet Belton (also rep Margaret Clark); Jean Lowmas; Josie Holden; Stephen Alcock; Brenda and Colin Knowles (also rep Geoff and Helen); Becky Asplin; Mrs W Hutchinson (also rep Mr and Mrs Pete Hutchinson); Ann Hauton (also rep Rob and Jane, Michael and Daniel); Eileen Espin (also rep Jo and Adrian); Tracy Milson; John Anderton; Audrey Simons; Dave Laughton; Nigel and Dawn Green; Tressa and Basil Bruntlett; Rodney Alcock; Maureen Pearce; Mr and Mrs P Chambers; Kay Franklin; Hugh Bourn (also rep Monica, Chris and Edward Bourn); Reg Houlden; Mr and Mrs D Kirk; Mr M Spittals; Rae Ellis; Lindsey and Keith Lowman; Mr G Reed; Paul and Karen Woodall.