OBITUARY: Ray Featherstone

The funeral took place for the late Ray Featherstone at Alford Crematorium on Monday, January 19, 2015.

Ray was born in Blidworth, Nottinghamshire, and he had five brothers and six sisters. During his life he lived in Mansfield, Barrowby and Grantham, before finally moving to Louth 17 years ago. In 1957 he married Gwen and they have a daughter Marie.

Ray became an apprentice joiner on leaving school at 14 years old. He was called up for his National Service and joined the Parachute Regiment, spending time in Egypt.

On his return home he became a joiner for Lincoln & Davy in Grantham. During his working life he was a Postman and before his retirement he became a Woodwork Instructor at Dysart Centre in Grantham.

Sport played a big part in Ray’s life, he played football for Fosters, cricket for Vac-u-lug, table tennis for Soverigns and was a member of Coles Motor Club.

Ray also played bowls at Grantham and was a former member of Louth Bowls Club. At the age of 40 he learned to swim so that he was able to join his wife and daughter when they went swimming. He also enjoyed music and played the violin and electric organ.

For 45-years Ray and Gwen enjoyed caravanning and spent a lot of time in Yorkshire and Derbyshire, where they enjoyed walking.

Ray was father-in-law to Martin, a very proud Grandad to Wayne, Stephen and Lynsey and Great Grandpa Ray to Oliver.

Donations were requested in lieu of flowers and they will be divided between the Louth & District Parkinsons Group and the Louth Hospice.

The service was conducted by Reverend Robert Mansfield and the following mourners attended:

Arrangements were conducted by Lincolnshire Co-operative Funeral Services.

Mourners: Mrs Gwen Featherstone, Mrs Marie Green, daughter, Mr Martin Green, son-in-law, Mr Wayne Green, grandson, Mr Stephen Green, grandson (also representing Master Oliver Green, great grandson), Miss Lynsey Green, granddaughter, Mrs Viveca Hall, Mrs Janet Eldred, Mr Tony Eldred, Miss Yvonne Eldred, Mr Clive Selby, Mr Paul and Mrs Angela Featherstone, Mr Stephen and Mrs Lorraine Featherstone, Mrs Louisa Featherstone, Mr Robin Hall, Mr Nathan Hall, Mr Oliver Hall, Mr and Mrs Geeson, Mr Liam Geeson, Mr Brian and Mrs Angela Hall, Mr Gregg, Mr and Mrs Keith Streets, Mr George Vickers (bowling friend also representing Mrs Shirley Vickers), Mr and Mrs Grahame, Mrs Chatters, Mrs Killingsworth, Mrs Marjorie Barnes (Vice President, Louth Parkinsons Society), Mrs Lesley Swift (President, Louth Parkinsons Society also representing Mr Mike Swift), Miss Valerie Jones (also representing Louth Parkinsons Society), Mr R Woodward, Mr Kevin and Mrs Susan Proctor (also representing Parkinsons Society), Mr Ken Sowerby, Mrs Pam Clapp, Mrs Wendy Bowles, Mr Derek and Mrs Carol Wraith, Mrs Jean McConnell, Mr Neil and Mrs Carol Brewer, Mr Brian and Mrs Elizabeth Gutherson (also representing Ms Georgina Gibson), Mr Maurice Beecham (also representing Probus), Mr Reg Hutson (also representing Probus), Mr Mick and Mrs Evelyn Bird, Mrs Elizabeth Wilson (also representing Mr Peter Wilson), Mr Richard Wilson, Mr Donald and Mrs Peggy Towers, Mrs Sue Gurbutt (Friend), Mrs Janet Stevenson (Neighbour), Mrs Rosalie White, Mr and Mrs Brown, Mr Malcolm and Mrs Pat Sims, Mr Ken Swain, Mrs Barbara Davies, Mrs Pauline Thornton (also representing Mrs Di Wyche), Mr Ian McDonald, Mrs Sarah Jones, Miss Amy Jones (Carer).