Obituary: Ronald Buffham


The funeral service for Ronald Buffham of Caistor was held at the parish church and Woodlands Crematorium, Scunthorpe.

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

Ron was born in August 1920, the sixth of nine children.

He started life in Bigby, spending his childhood in Kirmington.

Working life began in agriculture, just like his brothers, as a ‘shire boy’ looking after horses used for ploughing.

Once tractors came along, Ron started working on the repair and maintenance of farm machinery.

The year after WWII ended, he married Mary and they moved to Caistor, where they brought up their three children.

Ron worked at Lincolnshire Motors and ended up as foreman before moving to Appleby’s coaches, where he worked as a coach mechanic until his retirement.

During his working life, he became a retained fireman in Caistor, serving for 30 years before retiring at the age of 63.

Ron was a life-long racing pigeon enthusiast and became President of his local club.

He was also a keen gardener for most of his life.

Immediate mourners at the service were: Mary Buffham (wife); Bryan and Kay Buffham (son and daughter-in-law); Jane and Terry Jacklin, Jill and Jonathan Porter (daughters and sons-in-law); James, Kelly and Jessica Buffham (grandson and wife, and great-granddaughter); Stuart, Sara and Jude Jacklin (grandson and wife and great-grandson); Joanne Jacklin, Oliver Porter, Ella Porter (grandchildren); George Buffham (brother); John Burr (brother-in-law, rep Dorothy Burr, sister-in-law); Fred Bradley (brother-in-law); Margaret and Frank Ellerington, Coral and Dave Needham, Marilyn Bird, Margaret and Glyn Scott, John Bradley (nieces and nephews); Ken and Beryl Brackenbury (nephew and wife, rep Kevin and Karl Brackenbury, great-nephews); Trudie Davidson (great-niece); Mary and Pete Topps (cousin-in-law and husband).

Others present in the congregation were: Mr L Jacklin; Pru Jacklin (rep Lisa and Adam Jacklin); Malcolm Corbett; Mr C M Thompson; Mrs M E Brown; Mr A G Brown; Watchman Sam Hewitt, Watchman Steve Hannibal (Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service); Watchman Les Brown (Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service, rep Vaughan Shacklock); Janet Cook; Clyve and Margaret Beedham; Mrs J Buckton; Mr P Horton; Frank and Bev Preston (rep Caistor Pigeon Club, Mick Radley); Mr K Robbins; Bob Mumby; Sandra Taylor (rep Mr and Mrs Dowse); Mrs J Parrott; Mrs C Robinson (rep S Favill); Catherine Marris; Rosemary Akrill (rep Geoff Akrill); Ray Robinson (rep Barnetby Pigeon Club); Mrs A Thomas (rep Mr F Thomas, Goodhand Family); Paul Wilson; Mr M Flear; Mr and Mrs R Bunten; Tracey Shepherd; Mr F Skipworth; Eric Bell (rep Lincolnshire Motors); Mary Winslow; Ron and Angela Harrison (rep Olive Atkin); Mark Taylor; Margaret Burnett (rep Mr and Mrs Bontoft); Alison Demerliac; Wendy Well (rep King Family); Tony, Carol and Claire Jacklin; M Goodhand; Mr S Davis (rep Mrs Davis); Wendy Kireia; P Dobson; Ryan and Nora Hornsby; Norma Radcliffe (rep Michael, Peter, Fiddler Family); Amanda Ketley; Terry and Debbie McKitton; Val Waddington; Phyllis Hollings; Robert Hollings; David and Jill Naylor.