Obituary: Alan Dawes Lea JP OBE

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The funeral service for Alan Dawes Lea, aged 89 years formerly of Wragby, was held at Lincoln Crematorium, followed by a Service of Thanksgiving at Middle Rasen Methodist Church.

The Rev Anne Coates and the Rev Alan Robson officiated at the services and arrangements were by J Marshall of Market Rasen.

Alan was born at Hinnington Grange, near the Shropshire town of Shifnal.

He studied agriculture at Reading University, before volunteering for the Durham Light Infantry and then for the Indian Army.

Alan was on the Army Reserve too, where he was promoted to Major, and served in the Home Guard.

He farmed at Aswardby, near Spilsby, moving to Ings Farm at West Torrington in 1962.

And in 1995, he retired to Wragby.

Alan was a life-long Methodist, but held office within both the Methodist and Anglican churches.

He served on the Horncastle Rural District Council and in 1966 was appointed a Magistrate for Wragby and then the Lincoln Bench.

He became a representative for Lincolnshire magistrates on the Magistrates Association Council in London, represented magistrates on the Lincolnshire Policy Committee and chaired the Magistrates Association Road Traffic Committee for 15 years.

In 1996, he was awarded an OBE for services to Magistrates in Lincolnshire.

He was also the first civilian to ‘man’ the Local Police Community Office in Wragby.

Alan was a Governor at De Aston School in Market Rasen, serving as chairman for a time.

Over the years he also served as a director of Preston Farmers and other agricultural boards, was a chairman of Market Rasen NFU, president of Market Rasen YFC and founder member of Market Rasen Branch of ARC (Arthritis Research Council).

His wife Doris died four years ago - they had been married for 60 years.

Alan spent the last four years at Stones Place Methodist Home in Lincoln, until ill health necessitated a move to hospital and nursing home care.

It was poignant that his sixth great-grandchild, Grace, was born at the time of his funeral, to proud parents Helen and David Sheehan.

Family mourners were: Janice and Brian Cook (daughter and son-in-law); Chris and Sue Lea (son and daughter-in-law); Martin and Kate Cook, Anthony and Cath Cook, Robi Lea (also rep Becky), Toby Lea and Abby Swanwick (grandchildren, rep Helen and David Sheehan, granddaughter, unable to attend); Arthur Cook (great-grandson; Noah Lea, Fred, Lily and Barnaby Cook, grandchildren unable to attend); Jenny and Chris Ward (also rep Mike and Sarah Lea), Tim and Julie Lea, Robert Beckett (also rep Peter and Judith Beckett), Brenda and Roger Beale (nieces and nephews).

Friends at the service were: Mr and Mrs P Wright; Catherine Barton; Sandra and David Clack; Sharon Percival; Erica Manderfield; Pat Fussey; Mr and Mrs Motley Brant; Kath Eglon; Eileen Elliott; Mr G Freeman; Ann Naylor; Mal Jones; Mr and Mrs Davey; Mike Perkins; Moira Nicholls; Gordon and Mollie Dixon; Mrs M Kirkby (also rep Rev B Kirkby; Mr and Mrs G Crawforth); N Camamile; D Corden (also rep the family); J Blackburn; Mr and Mrs W Hankins; B and K Shaw; Mr and Mrs J Rippin; Kevin Smith; Ellen Young; Mr P C Smith (also rep G B Smith and also the Pears family); Mr A Upton; Mr and Mrs P Burrows; Mr and Mrs Neal; Geoff Smith; Geoff and Glenda Taylor; Derek Grayson; Roy Tomlinson; June Hare; Les Russell; Rose and Malcolm Russell; Mr and Mrs Mawson; Richard Alderson; Mr and Mrs J Robinson; Alice Surfleet; Shirley Adlard; the Rev and Mrs M Stennett and Reuben.