POPULAR veteran Grahame Bryant has passed away, aged 84. Known as "Ginger" to family and friends, Grahame was born to William and Kitty. He went to South Street Primary School and Merrywood Grammar School.
Grahame joined the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers at 17 and served as a recovery driver in Germany and France as well as assisting in the Berlin Airlift of 1948-9.
After returning home, he continued to drive for a living, working first at BRS and Western Transport, then for Ready Mix Concrete Bristol with his own tipper lorry. He then built a business with several lorries working from Avonmouth hauling containers around the UK.
Grahame married Mona when he was 17, but they divorced in 1999. They had five children – Peter, Jennifer, Vivienne (deceased), Grahame, Elaine and David.
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Grahame's favourite hobby was shooting – clay pigeon mainly, but also wildfowl. He used to run weekend shoots in Laughane, Pembrokeshire, and took groups of youngsters out on the small defence boat moored in Bristol harbour.
Grahame, who used to live in Gander Close, Hartcliffe, also ran sea shoots on the back of cross-Channel ferries and, in 1970, he started his own clay pigeon shoot, called Bristol Claybusters, in Backwell.
Grahame's companion and carer, Sue Gillett, said: "Everyone will remember Ginger's sense of fun. He always tried to make sure a good time was had by all. He loved his gundogs and shooting, encouraging all-comers into the hobby, including ladies and children.
"He was known in the haulage industry by many, many people all over the country, and had even driven steam lorries."
Grahame passed away at Riversway Nursing Home, Crews Hole Road, on January 4.
His funeral will take place at South Bristol Crematorium on Thursday, January 17, 3.30pm. All are welcome, family flowers only. He will be lying in the chapel of rest from Tuesday, January 15, at Co-op Funeralcare on Church Road, Redfield.