WELL known Alford resident Richard Pendregaust has died at the Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby, aged 84.
Mr Pendregaust was born in Grimsby in 1926, one of 13 children, only six of whom survived childhood.
He was evacuated to Spilsby with his youngest brother Cliff, in 1940, and returned briefly to Grimsby in 1944 prior to enlisting in the army at the age of 18.
He saw active service with 612 command vehicle group RAOC throughout the remainder of the Second World War, and afterwards, with the same unit in Palestine.
It was there where Richard suffered a serious spinal injury while driving a tank transporter in a convoy which was ambushed.
Following emergency surgery in a field hospital, Richard was told it was unlikely he would ever walk again.
However, he proved the medical profession wrong and with the constant support of a steel corset to protect his damaged spine, he took great pride in leading as normal a life as possible, and never complained about the pain and discomfort which would accompany him for the rest of his life.
After demobilisation in 1948, and a short period of rehabilitation, Richard returned to work, initially in the Grimsby, Louth and Alford areas, as a travelling confectionary salesman.
However, in the early 1950s, he began what was to be a long and distinguished career with the NAAFI - based initially at Manby, Coningsby, Binbrook, Nocton Hall and Swinderby.
The worsening state of his spinal injury forced Richard into a slightly early retirement in 1984.
It was at RAF Manby that Richard met his wife, Barbara, who was from Alford, and they married in June 1954 at the Alford Congregational Church, and set up home in Louth.
In May 1962, their only child, also called Richard, was born, and the family moved to Alford in 1963, where Richard lived for 44 years.
In August 2007, ill health and the worsening effects of his spinal injury forced Richard to move to Ashtree House Residential Home, Withern.
A keen dominoes and occasional card player, Richard was a regular at most of the public houses in Alford, until deteriorating health restricted his movements.
Richard’s wife died in April 2000, and his son lives in Singapore, where he is an assistant chief pilot with Singapore Airlines Cargo.
Richard’s funeral was held at Alford Crematorium, followed by burial at Alford cemetery.
Family mourners: son Richard, daughter-in-law Zurita, niece Ann Franklin, niece Monica Kendall, niece Linda Clough, niece Pamela Fowler, great nephew Andrew Vickers.