Obituaries: Ronald Geary

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Ronald Geary, formerly of Corby Glen, died at St Andrew’s Nursing Home, Ewerby, near Sleaford aged 

The funeral service took place at Grantham Crematorium, the Rev David Creasey officiating. Donations were made to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Ron was born in Oldham, Greater Manchester and was educated in Chadderton, Oldham, where a fellow pupil at the same time was the comedian Eric Sykes.

In the 1930s Ron moved with his family to Corby, working from the age of 17 until his retirement as a senior progress planner.

He took up the drums as a hobby and that talent stayed with him all his life. Ron married Gwendolen and they were married for 70 years until her death in January, 2013.

Shortly after they were married he joined the RAF, training as a morse code operator.

He was part of the mobile air field unit intended for D-Day plus 2, but ended up in North Germany in September 1944.

While serving with the RAF he continued playing the drums and after demobilisation played for a well-known Kettering dance band, the Richardson Players.

Ron and Gwen moved to Corby Glen to be near their family and lived in Willoughby Close for more than 20 years, making lots of new friends.

As well as enjoying carpentry and belonging to the Caravan Club, Ron was playing the drums well into his 80s at Stamford Arts Centre with the College Players.

Ron leaves daughters Elaine and Christine, sons-in-law Ian and Ted, grandsons Paul and Adam, and great grandchildren Kieran, Taiya, Enid, Ted and Elliot.

Family mourners included: Elaine and Ian Wilson, Christine and Ted Smyth, Paul Smyth (representing Lisa), Adam Smyth (Kate). Sympathisers included: Daphne Duff (Euan Duff), John and Nancy Simpson, Penelope Julian, Joanna Anderson (family), David and Helen Porter, Sarah Hunt (Stephen, John, Felicity), Martyn Ward (Judy Ward), Sally Wright and Caroline Duffy (St Andrew’s Nursing Home).