A large congregation were present for the funeral service for Bernard Edwin Grugeon Hall, known as Eddie, aged 93 years, to celebrate his life which was held at St Mary’s Church, Wortham on Friday, August 8.
The service was led by Reverend Ginny Manning and the organist was Nigel Ballard. The welcome and opening prayer was given and a tribute to Eddie given by Rev Ginny.
Eddie was born at Alderton near Woodbridge, he had three sisters and the family moved to Wortham while he was a baby. He attended Wortham Primary School, leaving at 14 and began working at St Johns.
He was called up into the army in 1941, did his training, which included desert warfare, and went to Basra, Egypt, North Africa and Italy, visiting many more places before coming home in 1946 and was demobbed.
Eddie married his wife Mary in 1946 following different jobs as a stockman. He moved to Hall Farm where his three daughters were born and worked for the Rash family from 1951 to 1984 before retiring.
Eddie enjoyed playing darts, winning many trophies, and also bowls.
He joined Wortham Bowls Club in 1948 where he became their groundsman for 50 years, and was playing until he was 90. He was also a member of the Wortham British Legion.
Eddie was a quiet man who just got on with life and was regarded as a real gentleman. He loved his garden and was a real countryman. There were several past workmates in the congregation as well as members from the Wortham Books Club and Diss and District Bowls Club.
Family mourners were daughters, Mr and Mrs Pauline and Barry Pochin, Mr and Mrs Brenda Pitcher, Mrs Helen Dade, grandchildren, Debby, Lorraine, Tara, Tanya, Shane, Dean, Kim, Kelly, Gail, Jason and Jonathon. Eddie also had 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grand children. The cremation took place later at the West Suffolk Crematorium.
Donations in memory of Eddie will be given to The Friends of Botesdale Health Centre.