Tributes to Louth stalwart George Sizer, who died aged 97

George Sizer.
George Sizer.

Tributes have been paid to a stalwart of Louth, who lived until the grand old age of 97, who sadly died over the Christmas period.

George Sizer, a man who spent his middle and latter years at the heart of many things that go on Louth, died in Grimsby Hospital on December 27 after suffering with a chest infection.

A few short years after being born in 1915 in Grimsby, a young George went up to live in a children’s home in the North East, in Durham, after family problems.

He missed out on some vital years of education through illness but that didn’t stop him launching a career in engineering in Lincoln having returned back to his roots.

George then played a key role in Britain’s efforts in the Second World War, he was central to the design, construction and testing of the Churchill Tank in Scotland.

George married his beloved wife Kathy in 1941 and the couple had their only child, a son Stuart, in 1943.

When the war ended George moved to Louth to work for Ellis and Thompson as a carpenter, and was lucky enough to have met Prince Phillip on his royal visit to Acre Gap in Sutton on Sea in the aftermath of the great floods of 1953.

His next assignment was working around the RAF bases in the area, including at North Cotes where, unbeknown to many, nuclear weapons were housed.

George called time on his long and varied working career in 1980 aged 65, and, in need of a new project, threw himself into scouting.

He become scout master at the 2nd Louth Scouts, taking the youngsters on countless camping trips. George would recount how his old scouts would still refer to him as ‘Skip’ even in recent years, something his son Stuart said made George ‘extremely proud’.

George’s wife Kathy sadly died in 1989, a loss he felt considerably, but he continued to live on his own and was firecely independent.

Until 1995 George was subscriptions secretary for local charity the Louth Naturalists’, Antiquarian and Literary Society, who run and maintain Louth Museum.

Being a religious man George was also server at St James’s Church in Louth, and was involved in Louth Seniors Forum.

In April 2012 he decided his old house was just too big for him, and the steps too tricky, so he moved into Elizabeth Court in Louth, and naturally was heavily involved in the activities that went on.

“My dad often said he’d been very lucky throughout his life,” said Stuart.

“He did all the things he wanted to do and nothing ever got him down, when his legs began to wear out he turned to his scooter to make sure he could still get out and about, nothing stopped him.

“As a local historian it was brilliant for me to be able to tap into his vast local knowledge.

“Dad was very forward thinking and owned two computers and a laptop, though he would never go on the internet!

“He even planned his own funeral, but strangely, being a religious man, didn’t want a church service.

“We’ve had some wonderful messages from people who knew him, we know he will be sadly missed by everyone.”

Share your tributes to George Sizer by emailing sam.kinnaird@jpress.co.uk or drop a letter into the Leader office.