January 2014 - Gone but not forgotten

 Eric SpaldingEric Spalding 09/01/1941 – 09/11/2013

Eric grew up in the Horseshoe pub, Thornton Heath with his large family - one of seven. Moved to Wallington, where he met and married Maureen (lived in same road). They had two daughters, Kim and Dawn to whom he was very close. HSP progressively affected his mobility and cognitive function (the condition only came on in his forties). He had a difficult time in later years, constantly in and out of hospital, but enjoyed a relatively normal life before that e.g. a keen DIY enthusiast.

He was sociable and loved big get-togethers with family and friends. He particularly enjoyed day trips to the seaside, pub lunches, family BBQs and weekend breaks away with his disabled swimming club. A keen Crystal Palace supporter, he relished every opportunity to watch a big game on Sky sports and occasionally went to see a live game with his friend Frank. A respected and intelligent man, he worked hard as an accountant, even when he retired he still continued to help people do their accounts. Strong work ethic, a perfectionist, a sense of pride and achievement ran through whatever he turned his mind to e.g. For the last few years he has belonged to a disabled swimming club and won cups for his achievements and also attended a gym, where he tried to keep as active as he could.

Others describe him as a gentleman, honest, kind, caring man. He did lots of voluntary work – including fundraising and treasurer for the groups he belonged to (e.g. disabled swimming club and shopmobility scheme). He loved chatting to others and banter. Made new friends very easily, was sincere and had a genuine interest in people. Appreciative of other people’s efforts, he’d go out of his way to write lengthy thank-you notes or phone calls thanking people for good service. Dad liked to vocalise his happiness, he used to stand up and publicly congratulate people for all their achievements and encourage them further. He did the same with family too.

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