Mr M Lishman

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MR Martin Stuart Lishman, who has died aged 82 years, will be remembered as someone who left a mark on the community he lived in and the industry he worked in.

Mr Lishman, of Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, died on February 23 in Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.

He spent his early years in Hertfordshire and then left at the age of 17 to study agriculture and plant breeding in Canada for five years. On returning to the UK in 1954, Martin joined the Queen’s Own Nigeria Regiment in West Africa. After 18 months he was demobbed and joined the animal food company Vitamins Ltd.

At Vitamins, he was involved in market research and sales training films and was able to put these skills to good use when, in 1970, he moved the family to Spalding to become sales director with a mobile feed milling company. In 1975 Martin formed his own company which developed a strong position in the agricultural market as a manufacturer and supplier of a large range of specialist products for monitoring and maintaining crop quality which are sold all over the world.

Over the years, he maintained an interest in amateur dramatics, and was involved in well over 100 productions both as actor and director, with SADOS and other companies. He was an active Rotarian, and will be best remembered for organising the Spalding Rotary Age Concern variety concerts for 30 years, an achievement recognised in 2013 when he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship.

Mr Lishman leaves his wife Diana, who he married in 1957, and sons Gavin, Timothy and Jeremy.

A funeral service was held at St Mary and St Nicolas Parish Church, Spalding.

Family Mourners were Diana Lishman (widow), Shirley Grenelli, Gavin Lishman, Timothy Lishman, Jeremy Lishman, Carol Lishman, Debbie Lishman, Jenny Hand, Matthew Lishman, James Lishman, Jess Lishman, Tom Lishman, Graham Boyd, Sophie Boyd and Andrew Boyd.