A large contingent from the Borough of Eye Bowls Club joined relatives and friends at the funeral service at Seven Hills Crematorium for Charles Christopher (known as Max) Parish, husband of Jean, of Orchard Close, Eye. The humanist ceremony was conducted by John Wilkinson and tributes were given by his son Rick Parish and stepsons, Peter and Tony Baxter.
Max was born in May 1934 and attended Harrow Boys School leaving at the age of 16 to work for the Inland Revenue. After his national service Max continued his education, gaining his A levels and a degree in physics and maths.
His son Rick said his father had an incredible brain as well as experience doing many things ranging from repairing aircraft in the RAF to scientific research at Central Electricity Research Laboratory. During their early years together they had enjoyed sailing, hang-gliding, and motor cycling as well as many sporting activities, particularly tennis. After his first marriage ended, Max met and married Jean and Rick gained two step brothers.
Recalling his first meeting with Max 26 years ago Peter said he had made an enormous impact in his family’s life. His kindness, generosity, patience and love were outstanding attributes during a wonderful relationship.
Tone spoke of Max and Jean’s move from bustling Surrey to Stoke Ash in sunny Suffolk. They immediately joined Eye Bowls Club and later Diss Indoor Bowls Club. They also enjoyed travelling all over the world, especially to India and visiting Peter in Prague. Two years ago they moved to Eye, celebrating their silver Wedding Anniversary in 2013. Shortly before his death Max was proud to reach his 80th birthday.
Donations are being given to Marie Curie Cancer Care and may be sent to Susan Whymark Funeral Service, Progress Way, Langton Green, Eye IP23 7HU.