OBITUARY: David Bonnett

David Bonnett EMN-140618-133731001
David Bonnett EMN-140618-133731001
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The funeral was held recently (Tuesday June 10) of well-known Louth motor mechanic and classic car enthusiast Mr David Bonnett of Thames Street Motors, Louth. David was 82 years old.

Many classic cars followed a funeral procession through Louth town centre and then onto Alford, with David’s 1953 Rover and 1970 Morris Minor police car proudly leading the way.

David lovingly restored and repaired many classic vehicles over the years and was always on hand to give advice and share a chat about cars. David was foreman at Brown’s Rover Garage in Louth for many years, forging long-lasting friendships with customers and work colleagues.

David was vice-chairamn of the Mid-Lincs Rover Club, receiving his 20-year membership award in 1997. He was also a loyal member of Louth’s Fellowship of the Services.

Born in Herefordshire in 1932, David moved to Lincolnshire in 1942 when his parents bought a large hotel in Sutton-on-Sea. He married Gertrude Maud Barton (Babs) of Elm Cottage, Louth, in 1953 and they had four children, Susan, Paula, Christopher and Carol.

They celebrated 59 years of marriage in 2012 in the family home in Thames Street, Louth.

David was a familiar figure driving around town in his blue Morris Minor, or walking down Louth Canal with his little dog Bess by his side, even more so after the loss of his wife in 2013.

David will be greatly missed by many, and he leaves behind four children, seven grandchildren and on great grandchild.