Dad was a good role model and we're very proud of him
Family tributes have been paid to a former steelworker who has died aged 83.
Doug Rands, of Ogilvy Drive, Bottesford, died at the Great Oaks mental health unit on Tuesday, September 25, after a short illness.
Mr Rands – a former member of fundraising group Probus– was an engineer and spent most of his working life at the Appleby- Frodingham Steelworks in Scunthorpe.
He also had a seven-year spell in the Navy, after training at HMS Excalibur in Staffordshire.
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Mr Rands was the first born in a family of six brothers and four sisters.
He leaves his wife Mollie and their four children, Gill, John, Andrew and Debbie.
John, a former leader of the RAF Red Arrows, said his father was an inspiration to him.
He said: "He was a good role model and we were very proud of him.
"He was always there for us and inspirational in many ways.
Mr Rands, although busy with his job, was also a devoted family man.
John said: "He was a great man for joining in with anything to do with his kids and helping out.
"He helped with the air training corps, swimming and was heavily involved with junior football.
"He worked hard and he worked even harder for us. He was always giving of his time."
John said his father always kept a smart appearance. He said: "He was always very smart, very dapper and always in a blazer and tie.
"He always supported his old comrades' association, his Fellowship of Service and he was a keen member of Probus.
"He was always busy, he liked to travel and in later life, he went all over.
"He lived a really good, long life.
"He was always busy, always polite and had an inquiring mind."
Andrew, who was also a pilot in the RAF, said: "He was a very good craftsman and anything to do with wood or metal, he could make it.
"It seems old-fashioned now but when we were young, he used to work so hard that he went one stage where he just had one day off a month.
"But he wasn't content with being a quality dad – he was about quantity as well.
"Whenever we were playing football, he was always on the touchline."
Mr Rands, who had lived at the same address since 1964, also leaves 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at Woodlands Crematorium in Scunthorpe on Friday, October 5, at 11am.