Funeral to be held for well known Melton character

Barry Lane, of Thorpe Arnold, who has died aged 88 EMN-150421-154657001
Barry Lane, of Thorpe Arnold, who has died aged 88 EMN-150421-154657001
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Relatives and friends of well known Melton character Barry Lane will pay their respects to him at his funeral service on Monday morning.

Mr Lane, who was 88, founded a family quantity surveying business in the town, was a former district councillor and played football and cricket in his younger years.

He will be buried in the churchyard extension at St Mary The Virgin Church at Thorpe Arnold following a service there, which starts at 11am.

Mr Lane’s son, Nigel, who took over running his father’s company, said: “Dad was still very interested in the business in later life. He thought he was still involved and he used to still give me advice.”

Everyone came to know Mr Lane as Barry, although his first name was Malcolm. He was the son of a Sherrard Street greengrocer, who also owned another shop on Elms Road. Mr Lane, whose mother died when he was a young man, was educated at the grammar school in Melton.

Son Nigel said: “When he was 17 or 18 dad got a job at a quantity surveyors and was sent to London to inspect the bomb damage, as this was just after the end of the war. When he came back to Melton he set up his own quantity surveying business, when some of his work involved pricing work for WG Herberts, which is still going today of course.”

He had a brother, Ray, and a sister Barbara, who married Melton architect Frank Keyworth, who worked on many building projects with Mr Lane’s firm.

Mr Lane was married for more than 50 years to Betty until she died 10 years ago. The couple met when he was having treatment at the town’s old War Memorial Hospital, where she worked as a nurse.

Mr Lane was heavily involved in Melton Conservative Association, serving as a councillor on the former urban district council in the early 1960s and acting as an agent for other Tory political figures in the area.

He was a keen cricketer, playing for Thorpe Arnold and for a team in Melton on the All England Ground. Nigel recalled: “I only played cricket with dad once and I remember he took a stunning catch at mid-off. He loved playing sport.”

Much of Mr Lane’s spare time was devoted to Shetland ponies. He kept more than 20 at his Thorpe Arnold home at one stage and also judged competitions where they were shown at agricultural shows.

Mr Lane leaves a daughter Judith, as well as son Nigel, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A wake will be held at Thorpe Arnold Village Hall following Monday’s funeral, where donations towards the village church are invited in lieu of flowers.