Keen rambler loved caravanning too

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Alan Wilfred Gibbon, of Redmile Close in Pinchbeck, passed away on December 9 at the age of 88.

Alan, who was born in Rugby, spent his early years at school in Newark, before heading off to Ackworth Boarding School at the age of 10. Alan was the son of Elsie and Sidney Gibson.

He did national service in the RAF and after the war had ended he worked as a mechanic, maintaining road vehicles, where he worked a lot with lorries.

He was an agricultural manager for the British Sugar Corporation, having worked his way up from working in the factory in Newark, to a job in promotions at the Selby factory, then another position at Kidderminster and finally at Spalding.

In his retirement, Alan became a voluntary driver for the NHS and Age Concern, as well as delivering Meals on Wheels food.

He was also a volunteer inspector for the caravan club, and a footpath officer for the Lincolnshire rambling club.

As he had an interest in both caravaning and rambling, these were ideal things for Alan to do with his spare time. Alan was a lifelong member of the humanist society and he was a very keen gardener as well as enjoying cycling.

He married June Beatrice Mary Hind on March 27, 1954 and had two sons, Steven who lives in North Wales and John, who lives in Bath, along with a daughter, Beth, who also lives in Bath.

A funeral was held at South Lincolnshire Crematorium in Surfleet on December 17.

Family mourners included Alan’s wife, June, his two sons, Steven and John, his daughter, Beth, his daughters in law, Juliet and Marjorie, and son in law Julian.

Alan’s seven grandchildren; Nick, Jenny, Katie, Sarah, Rachael, Anna and Sam were also in attendance at the funeral.