Tribute to Howard Stothard who gave 25 years' service to postal service in Brigg area
A Post Office worker who was employed in Brigg for 25 years has died.
Howard Stothard, 51, died on August 16, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February.
He died at Scunthorpe General Hospital.
He was born in Scawby Brook in 1961 and went to Brigg County Primary on Glebe Road in Brigg. He later went to the Vale of Ancholme Secondary School. After leaving school, he went to work for Northern Tool Hire in Brigg, where he worked until he was later made redundant.
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He went on to work at the Brigg sugar factory for many years.
But he will be best remembered for his time working at the Post Office in Brigg, where he was employed for 25 years.
In his earlier years, he was a familiar sight to shoppers in the town looking to post letters and make visits to the Post Office.
In his later years, he worked more in a back office capacity.
However, his efforts working for the company were honoured last year when he was recognised for his 25 years of service.
The cancer that was diagnosed this year led to him having seven rounds of chemotherapy, but he was with his family until the very end.
Although he was not married, he remained close to his brother Ted Stothard and two sisters, Sue Dent and Helen.
Sue said: "He was quite a private person and he never complained about what he had. He just got on with it.
"He had a dry sense of humour.
"We are a close family and we never have any arguments. My children were very close to him and he often played football with my nine-year-old son."
Sue said he remained in good spirits until the very end. She said: "I did not want to leave him on his own at the end."
Howard was a big sports fan, and frequently went to events such as the Ashes in Australia.
He was looking forward to this year's Olympics and Sue said he "really enjoyed" the Games.
He was also a trained referee who oversaw children's football games.
His funeral took place at Scunthorpe Crematorium on Tuesday, August 28.
If anyone would like to donate to Pancreatic Cancer Research, contact J Naylor Funeral Directors on Digby Street in Brigg on 01652 650520.