Obituary: Geoffrey William Ranby


The funeral of Geoffrey William Ranby, aged 84 years of Market Rasen, was held at the parish church.

The Rev Michael Cartwright officiated at the service and arrangements were by J Marshall.

Born at Toft Newton, Geoffrey worked with his father on the farm at Faldingworth after leaving school.

In 1953, he acquired Hardings Farm at Lissington and retired in 2009 after 56 years.

Although he never served in the armed forces, Geoffrey was an honorary member of the Officers Mess at RAF Faldingworth.

Family mourners were: Noelle Ranby-Holmes (daughter); Graham Holmes (son-in-law); Rebecca Holmes, Thomas Holmes, Brooke Holmes (step-grandchildren); Helena Bosnell (sister); Mark and Jacki Bosnell (nephew and wife); Stephanie Bosnell (niece) and Steve Hanham; Rachael and Dave Tollerton (niece and husband); DJ and Amy.

Friends at the service were: Mervyn Shadlock; Arthur Quibell; Mrs C Marshall; Mr and Mrs P R Carter; David Adwell; Mr and Mrs Arnold; Freda Horton; Mr P Wilson (also rep A E Wilson and son); Mr A Wilson (also rep Mr B Wilson); W Hankins; Rory Day; Gordon Day; Mr and Mrs M Fox (also rep the Spilman family); Edward Backus; Angela Catchpole; Mr and Mrs A Wheeldon (also rep Mr S Rodger); Corrine and Motley Brant; Sue Robinson; Mr and Mrs G Mapplethorpe; Ruth Skinner (also rep Norman Skinner); Mrs Robins (also rep Mr I Robins, Mr and Mrs S Howard); C Downend; Mr and Mrs Holmes; Mr and Mrs Kirk (also rep M G Kirk); Mr C Anderson; Mr and Mrs J Fox; Sally and Ralph Faulkner; Mrs S M Veitch; John Dickinson (also rep the Dickinson family); Paul Fox (Bearer); Mr and Mrs P Drakes; Mr A Upton (also rep Bill Scott); A and S Ranby (also rep Joanne, Vanessa and Kathy); Stephen Bierlein; Eric Johnson (also rep George Johnson); Christopher Fox; Jack Fox; Nigel Hall; Sue Cotton; Mrs Dowse; Janice Cook (also rep Mr B Cook); Mr C Waite; Mr F Fieldsend (also rep Mr and Mrs D W Parrott); Jackie Ranby; Phillip Ranby (also rep Claire and Debbie); Mr R Fox; Mr and Mrs J Herring (also rep Mr and Mrs P Grant); Tony and Julie Bell; Richard Barker; Paul Lucas; Julie Lucas; Roy Chamberline; Elaine Bradley; Penny Carlton (also rep Neil Carlton, Reegan Carlton, Eileen Brown); Mr M Robinson; Mrs Rawlins (also rep the Rawlins family and also Mrs Spilman); David Ranby; Mike and Jane Ranby; Michele Ranby (also rep the Ranby family).