Obituary: Robert Stephenson

A service of thanksgiving for the life of Robert Stephenson, aged 89 years of Tealby, was held at the parish church.

The Rev John Carr officiated at the service and arrangements were by J Marshall of Market Rasen.

An architect, Bob practised in his home town of Grimsby for many years, retiring in the early 1990s.

He had lived in Tealby for the past 35 years and will be sadly missed both there and in Grimsby.

Bob left school at 14 to go to work, but, as a late developer, had a determination to study and better himself.

After leaving school, he attained London Matriculation, necessary as a first foot on the ladder to achieve his ambition, and after years of study gained full professional status as an architect.

While working and studying at Nottingham, he met his wife Dorothy, who died in 1996.

In his youth, Bob ran with the Grimsby Harriers, with some success throughout Lincolnshire.

Later he performed in plays with the Kendal Players, while in middle life and retirement he continued to lead a full and varied life, playing golf at Market Rasen and singing with the Louth Male Voice Choir.

A freemason, Bob was a past master of the Lord Heneage Lodge at Grimsby, and was also a past president of Market Rasen Probus Club.

Family mourners were: John and Gill Stephenson, David and Margaret Stephenson (brothers and sisters-in-law); Sally and Rory Thacker (also rep John and Emma Duggan, Grace Thacker); Timothy, David and Amy Stephenson; Jenny Johnson; Pat and Ted Mirkin; Robert Winn; Thomas Winn; Linda Winn; Emma Winn; Mr and Mrs C G Mirkin.

Friends at the service were: R and M Reed; Robert Mitchell (also rep Nancy Mitchell); Olive Holmes; Val Manning; Alf Manning; Ian and Mavis Brady; Mr and Mrs Ben Smith (also rep Mr and Mrs G Jones); Robin and Jan Shannon (also rep Market Rasen Probus Club); Bob Young; Denis and Valerie Hodge (also rep Tealby Society and also Murry and Ruth Hayes); Mr and Mrs M Reed; Mrs Gowan (also rep Brian Gowan – President of Market Rasen Probus); Roger Cullum; S Spaiser; R B McTernan; Mr J Jarron; Richard and Margaret Millet; Nigel King; John Vickers; Frank Meechan; Paul Hewins (also rep Alan Sanders; David and Janet Wroot; Andy Downes; Roland and Margaret Yurston and also Lord Heneage Lodge of Freemasons); Ron Jones (also rep Market Rasen and District Golf Club); Peter Clarke; Kenneth Doig; Stephen Swaby; Jean and Michael Carrigan; Mary Battle; Geoff Portlock; Bob and Margaret Baggott; Russ Harrison; Mrs T Bordillon; Mr and Mrs K Wilkinson; Edward Baccus; F Housham (also rep Mrs M Housham); C Thompson; Elizabeth and David Spiers; Bryan Wood (also rep Gordon Smith); Roy Barbier, David Neal, Eric Warren and Gwyn Law (also rep Louth Male Voice Choir); Queenie Spink; John Lamb (also rep senior section of Market Rasen Golf Club); Pauline Cawthorne; C Brocklesby; Gerald Thornalley (also rep Mrs K Thornalley); John and Sue Sutcliffe; Andrew Leaning; Guy Grainger (also rep Probus); Jean Jones; Paul and Ray Firth; Mike Gibson; June Murphey; Sue Lewis; Alan Dunning; Andrew Cook; Richard Holmes (also rep Market Rasen Golf Club); Mr D Bryant; Mr and Mrs G Wallace (also rep Mr and Mrs D Williams); Mr and Mrs D Robson (also rep John, Joy, Joanne and Jonathan Perkis, Scott Gunn); Mr A Baxter; Mr and Mrs Doyle; Mr and Mrs Curtis; Mr H Nott; Mr and Mrs G Taylor; Mr L Johnson; Mr and Mrs Rouse; Mrs S Holm-Johansen; Mr H Portas; Mr G Hardy; Mr J Melia; Mr D Morris; Mr R O’Brien.