TRIBUTES have been paid to a much respected World War Two veteran and churchgoer who died aged 88.
Belton-born Hubert Bramhill served in the Royal Navy for four years on motor torpedo boats from 1942 until the end of the war.
He served in and around the English Channel and helped to rescue RAF pilots who had been shot down.
He grew up in Ealand and was raised by his grandmother and aunt after his mother died when he was just three-weeks-old.
After joining the war effort as an 18-year-old he became an active member of village life on returning to the Isle.
A regular attendee for Remembrance Sunday services, he was always proud to lay a wreath at the village war memorial.
Members of Ealand Methodist Chapel will remember him for his cheerful attitude while serving for 48 years as Honorary Treasurer.
He was also a football fan and a regular supporter of Crowle United FC.
He spent much of his working life as an engineer at Alf Kitching & Sons in Crowle until his retirement in his mid 60s.
Mr Bramhill and wife Norma celebrated their diamond wedding in 2010, receiving a card from the Queen.
He died peacefully surrounded by family members after an illness at his home on Tetley View, Ealand, on Boxing Day.
More than 100 people attended his funeral at Ealand Chapel last week.
Daughter Marion Collins, 58, who lives in Scunthorpe, said: “He was very well known in the village and always had a smile on his face.
“Speak to anyone in the village and they will tell you he would always tell them ‘keep smiling’.
“There were as many as 140 people at his funeral, which shows how popular he was.
“He was always upbeat about things and everyone in the village will miss him.”
Reverend Duncan MacBean, of Ealand Methodist Chapel, described him as a “faithful and a peace-filled man.”
A spokesperson at Alf Kitching & Sons said: “He was a popular and much respected foreman.”
He leaves wife Norma, two children, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.