John Lea Epton

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EX-SERVICEMAN John Lea Epton has died at his home in Skegness aged 88.

Mr Epton, who was born in Burgh le Marsh, but lived in Skegness for the last 50 years, leaves wife Dorothy, daughters Joan, Lynne and Dorothy, and sons Allan, John, Robert and Roger, their respective spouses, and grandchildren and great grandchildren.

After leaving school, John began work as an apprentice plasterer for Charlie Curtis, going on to qualify as a master plasterer.

When the Second World War began, he served in the Home Guard. Later, he was a gunner with the Royal Artillery, serving in Belgium, France and Germany.

On his discharge from the army, John resumed working for Charlie Curtis, before setting up his own plastering, tiling and building business.

He ran his business single-handed for many years, employing up to 30 men at times.

At the age of 59, John attended Shirecliff College, Sheffield, where he gained a diploma in site management.

John was a family man, enjoying annual holidays, usually at the seaside in a caravan or chalet.

He encouraged his children in all they did, and was a constant support to them all.

John had many hobbies, including swimming and water polo with the Skegness Swimming Club, judo, snooker, darts and football.

He enjoyed going to watch the Lilywhites at the Burgh Road ground on Saturday afternoons, and he was especially fond of dancing.

With his wife Dorothy, he passed many medal tests in several disciplines, ballroom, Latin American and old time, achieving up to sixth gold bar. In 1991 he qualified as a dance teacher, which enabled him to lead off dances.During the last five years, he enjoyed many trips with the coast and country bus club, and enjoyed many happy hours chatting to his friends at Skegness Day Centre.