A large congregation of family, friends and neighbours attended the funeral service at SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Eye for Maurice Leslie Pulford, a well known Eye resident, who died on February 9 at the age of 74.
Born in Braiseworth, Maurice moved at the age of 11 with his parents, George and Alice Pulford, his twin sister, Maureen and sister Audrey (deceased) to Eye where he attended school until the age of 15, obtaining an apprenticeship as a painter. A hard working man he had several occupations including civil engineering, gas main installations, road construction and building work.
He married Valerie and had two children Karen and Andrew, and later two grandsons.
An ardent football fan he regularly supported Ipswich Town and also his home club, Eye United, for whom he helped to raise funds, prepare the pitch and encourage the team with vocal support.
He also followed in the footsteps of his father in helping at the annual Bank Holiday Eye Show.
In later years Mr Pulford moved to Tacon Close where he made new friends, joined the Elderflower Club and enjoyed social events and outings.
He regularly supported fundraising events for various charities held in the communal room. Although his mobility increased he remained independent and never complained, always having a smile on his face.
Giving the tribute on behalf of the family the Rector said “he was a real Suffolk man, proud to call Eye his home.”
Donations in memory of Maurice are being sent to the Suffolk Punch Trust.