Guard of honour at service for former Rugby Wren

Kathleen Sheers NNL-160329-103147001
Kathleen Sheers NNL-160329-103147001

A trustee and long-serving committee member of the Rugby branch of the Royal Naval Association has died aged 90.

Kathleen Shears, who was a former treasurer of the branch, joined the Wrens during World War Two and served as a secretary at various naval establishments throughout the UK.

Members of the association, and a detachment from Rugby Sea Cadets, formed a guard of honour at the funeral service, which was held at St Mark’s Church, Bilton, on March 24.

Mrs Shears was a former company secretary at Blue Boar Ltd and in the 1950s, together with her first husband, Ken, operated the company’s petrol station and transport café on the A5 near Watford Gap.

For many years she also ran a guest house in Rugby, offering accommodation to apprentices and people who had come to Rugby for work.

She had two daughters, Jennifer and Catherine, four grandchildren and one great-grandaughter.

Jennifer said: “Catherine and I found it so nice to see the guard of honour waiting at the church as we arrived and to see everyone who had turned out.”