MR Bryan John Williams, of Hucknall, has died suddenly. He was aged 81.
Mr Williams was born in Hucknall and went to the Holy Cross Roman Catholic School on Carlingford Road.
He leaves his wife Marjorie, sons and daughters Sandra, Diane, Richard, Nick and Mark, sons and daughters-in-law Roy, Mez and Sharon, grandchildren Deanna, Justine, Carmen, Melanie, Alexander, Helen, Jessie and Abbie, great grandchildren Christina, Hannah, Callum, Oliver, Oscar, Amy, Billy and Ava, brothers and sisters Bill, Janet and Josie, sisters-in-law Eunice, Olive and Pat, brother-in-law Phil, niece Patricia, nephews David and John and many cousins.
Mr Williams left school at the age of 14 and worked as a carpenter for a year before becoming a miner for the rest of his working life. He worked at Moorgreen Colliery for 40 years.
His hobbies included music, line-dancing, singing, rabbits, greyhounds, fishing, boxing, reading, gardening, horse racing and, until recently, looking after his racing pigeons.
After taking early retirement, Mr Williams and his wife bought a caravan and toured England, Scotland, Wales and France.
The couple also made several trips to see their son Richard in Australia, where they travelled to many different parts of the country. Lately, they bought a static caravan in Ingoldmells on the East Coast, where they spent many happy times.
Mr Williams was well known for replying “I’m fantastic” whenever asked how he was.
A requiem Mass at a packed Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church on Watnall Road, Hucknall was followed by committal at Mansfield Crematorium. A floral wreath from the family was accompanied by many donations in aid of the Catholic Association for Overseas Development (CAFOD).