Eddie Clark…

Eddie Clark’s funeral was held at South West Middlesex Crematorium on 6 January 2014. The following is taken from the tribute given at the funeral service by his two sons, Tim and Stephen.

Eddie devoted his whole life to public service, principally in Scouting and the Ambulance Service. He was born in Richmond on 28 August 1940 and brought up in Chelsea. He met his wife, Maureen, at B-P House and they married on 30 July 1966 (the date of the World Cup Final which England won).

He had a loud and infectious personality, a big man with a big voice and an even bigger heart.

Scouting was his first love. He joined Cubs at age 8 and after Scouts and Senior Scouts ran the 13 Chelsea Sea Scout Troop. He organised camps on the island in the Thames at Longridge which he ran as if on board ship.

He became SL and then GSL of 5th Feltham, was District Scout Leader, GSL of 12th Feltham, District Badge Secretary, and a member of the District Scout Fellowship. He was a collector of Scout badges and a member of the International Badgers Club. He set up and ran the Feltham Badge League and was present at the 2007 Centenary Jamboree.

He joined the London Ambulance Service and, when he retired from there he became Court Keeper in the local Magistrates Court until he reached age 65. He took up Lawn Bowls and bowled until very recently. He loved exploring and holidaying, the family went to America for his 70th birthday in 2010. He was a very proud husband, father and grandfather, and touched the lives of many people.

Eddie was a kind-hearted larger than life person who will be sorely missed.

He fell and broke his arm on 8 November 2013, in hospital he was diagnosed with a serious chest infection and Eddie died in hospital on 17 December aged 73.