The coffin of a former long-serving Melton police officer will be covered in official force drapes at a funeral service at the town’s St Mary’s Church tomorrow (Friday).
David Barlow, who was also a well known sportsman in the area during his younger years, died earlier this month at the age of 76.
Many of his former police colleagues and sports team-mates are expected to attend the service, which is at 12 noon, followed by burial at the Thorpe Road cemetery.
His daughter, Susannah, who lives in Melton, said: “We are amazed how many people in Melton knew dad - everywhere you go someone seems to have known him.
“He loved his police career and he was always Sgt Barlow even after he had long retired. We’re all very proud of him and the life that he led.”
Mr Barlow served in the police force between 1962 and 1992, becoming a sergeant when he was 38. He spent 15 years at the Melton station, seven of those as custody and charging officer. He was presented with his long service medal and also received a bravery award for intervening in a robbery while off duty.
Mr Barlow grew up in Asfordby Valley and attended Asfordby Hill School and Melton Modern Boys School.
He served an apprenticeship at the BUSMC engineering company in Leicester before being called up for his National Service in 1960.
He was in the Royal Signals and Royal Military Police.
Mr Barlow married Judy in 1959 at St Mary’s, Melton, after a three-year courtship.
He was a member of Melton Cycling Club and was also a keen boxer, winning many of his fights with knockouts.
Mr Barlow also enjoyed football and regularly made the Melton Times sports pages while playing for Leicester City Boys Old Grammarians and the city police team.
Later in life, he enjoyed playing skittles for The Welby, dominoes for the RAFA club and also darts.
Aside from Judy, he leaves children Paul, Simon, Alex and Susannah, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Friends are welcome to attend the wake tomorrow at the Melton Royal British Legion club in Thorpe End.