Tribute to Spalding jeweller Horace Stennett
Tribute has been paid to one of Spalding's longstanding traders.
Charles Stennett, known as Horace, died at his home surrounded by his family, aged 89.
Mr Stennett established the popular jewellers during the 1960s and was also a member of a number of town groups, including Spalding Gentlemen's Society and Spalding Lions.
His wife of 68 years Sibyl said: "He was a very kind and loving man."
Daughter-in-law Bernie added: "Horace was a lovely man who was very much for his community."
Horace was born in Little London to Frank and Ella.
As a youngster during the Second World War, Mr Stennett showed true entrepreneurial spirit by collecting fish and chips before delivering them to soldiers on a nearby base.
Mr Stennett went onto attend Spalding Grammar School, where he met his future wife Sibyl.
Bernie said: "He enjoyed learning which he continued throughout his life."
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Mr Stennett had hoped to work on the land but this was ruled out after he had skin cancer as a child.
He ended up as an apprentice at Dryden's Jewellers where he learned about watch making.
Mr Stennett went onto start his own business, C H Stennett, in Francis Street in 1963.
His daughter-in-law Bernie said: "He always enjoyed working as a jeweller.
"Repairing clocks and watches were his speciality. He enjoyed figuring what was wrong and putting it right."
Mr Stennett got married to his childhood sweetheart, Sibyl, in 1951 and the couple had three boys - Colin, Nigel and Gary. He leaves seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He enjoyed fishing, walking and was also a keen gardener.
Mr Stennett was a former president of Spalding Lions and used to help with the lunch clubs.
Bernie added: "While he was on holiday in Australia, he was recognised by a young man who had been to the UK as a boy with the Lions. He was from Yugoloslaviaand thanked Horace for his kindness." A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 24, at South Lincolnshire Crematorium.