Eric George Pudney (4 May 1924 - 26 Feb 2020)

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Funeral Service

Location
Croydon Crematorium, East Chapel Thornton Road Croydon CR0 2BB
Date
16th Mar 2020
Time
12pm

In loving memory of Eric George Pudney who sadly passed away on 26th February 2020

The family of Eric welcomes anyone who wishes to attend the funeral and the details of the wake are as follows:

Croydon District & Masonic Halls
73 Oakfield Road Croydon CR0 2UX

From 1pm

Parking is available for all attending in Stanton Road


Eric's wishes were no flowers at all however should you wish in lieu of flowers to donate in his memory his chosen charities are - Alzheimers Society & Cancer Research. We have provided just giving pages in his memory should you wish to donate.

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Eric was born on 4th May 1924 to Ethel (Flo) & Albert and had 1 brother Ron.

Growing up in Croydon, both Eric and his brother Ron were fanatical about boxing, with Eric being an amateur boxer and Ron becoming professional.

Eric knew Peggy as they were neighbors and it all started over sharing a bag of chips and a rice pudding! Despite Eric bragging that he was "hitting the high spots uptown" one night, Peggy found him at the local Salvation Army dance - so much for the high spots!

A date to see Frankie Lane followed and Peggy and Eric fell in love. got married & lived a long and happy life together until Peggy's passing in 2005. We are pleased that they are now back together again.

Eric & Peggy had 4 children, Victor, John, Christine, and Kenneth although we sadly lost John in 2007.

Though his wonderful children, Eric had 1 Grandson, David, 7 Granddaughters, Caroline, Suzanne, Jacquline, Nicola, Michelle, Victoria & Charlotte, and Emma & Tom later joined the grandchildren gang.

As time went on Eric's family increased with the arrival of his Great-Grandchildren, Kieran, Jason, Daniel, Callum, James, Harrison, Annabella, Christina, Ava, Jessie James, Kieran, Danni, Caiden and Harvey.

Through his love of Boxing, Eric was an avid and lifelong member of the Croydon Ex Boxers Association and enjoyed many happy times with his many friends there.

He had a long and fulfilling career working for London Transport as a Transport Foreman at several sites across London and despite retiring in 1986, had regular contact with his former "apprentices" who all took the time and effort to meet with Eric, including annual Xmas lunches and visiting him at home. In particular, Mick Wells visited Eric weekly in hospital and we know Eric appreciated this greatly.

Eric had several friends, his best friend being Jack Dullaway and alongside Jack's wife Gwen, Eric & Peggy had lifelong friendship and we are sure they are all together again.

Later in life, through the Alutizmers Society Care, Eric met Jim and together they supported each other as they both lost their beloved wives however the silver lining being they had each other.

Many holidays followed, in particular visiting Suzanne and Jacqui in Ireland, galavanting around the local Wetherspoons for lunches and Jim became an important member of the family.

In 2014, Eric moved from the family home in Croydon to Tudor Court in Biggin Hill where he lived happily. Meeting many new friends coffee mornings, afternoon tea, bingo nights and fish and chips treats became the norm and we are grateful for the friends he made there.

Eric had a long and fulfilling life and was loved and respected by everyone that met him, although he is no longer with us, he leaves behind a legacy that will live through his children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren who will all love and miss him dearly.

Heaven has gained a legend

Friends at Tudor court Tudor court donated £75 in memory of Eric

Sleep tight mate never forgotten

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Friends at Tudor Court Friends donated £75 in memory of Eric

Sleep tight mate until we meet again

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Friends at Tudor court Tudor court wrote

REST IN PEACE MATE

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Jacqui Childs donated £44.58 in memory of Eric

In loving memory of both my precious Grandparents Peg and Eric Pudney. Love always Jacqueline xxx

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Jacqui Childs wrote

Grandad words failed today, heartbroken that I have to say my last goodbye to you and not be with all the family. I have so many treasured memories of you ❤ from tormenting you to help you out in the garage only looking for a chance to go down "the pit" to sunny days down the caravan to later you coming over to us in Ireland on your hols, making you one of your favourite dinners lamb chops, fun and love you always had for your Irish great grandsons. As I am the soppy one as you would say, goodbyes were always hard for me but you would always make smile with what you would say and your infectious smile.
I have been so blessed to have you in my life for as long as I did and to have made so many memories.
So to say my last goodbye to you today is the hardest thing I've had to do, but I know you are at peace and back with my precious nan smiling down on all your family ❤❤
GoodBye Grandad I love you with all my heart and that's where you will always be.
Your loving 'soppy' granddaughter Jacqueline xxx

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Vic and Bernie Childs donated £50 in memory of Eric

In loving memory of Grandad Eric from all your Irish Great Grandsons XxxxX

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Vic and Bernie Childs wrote

In loving memory of Grandad Eric from all your Irish Great Grandchildren xxxx

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Vic and Bernie Childs donated £50 in memory of Eric

In loving memory of Mum and Dad
Missing you each day
Love,
Your Son Victor and Daughter-in-law Bernie

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Jacqui Childs wrote

Grandad words fail me today, I am just heartbroken. I treasure so dearly all of the memories I have with you x
From tormenting you to help you out in the garage just to go down "the pit" to sunny days down the van and then in later years you coming over to us in Ireland, always loved you coming over and making your lamb chop dinner. As you know I am the soppy one, the opposite to you, so goodbyes were always the hardest for me, but you being you would always make smile with what you would say and your infectious smile. So although today is hardest goodbye I've had to say I know you are at peace and and with nan, both smiling down on us all today.
So goodbye Grandad I love and miss you always and will always be in my heart ❤💔❤

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Suzanne Childs wrote

So today we say our last goodbye Grandad but you will always be in my heart and mind.
I am so thankful to have had you as part of my life for so long and because of that I have 100's of great memories.
Early memories of us all being down the caravan, to us girls showing off our dance routines, with Nan doing her high kicks and you chuckling to yourself sitting in the arm chair with Vicki on your knee. Later momeries of your visits to us in Ireland..... By the time it took me to drive home from the airport, you would have asked me every question about everyone and sorted out what we were going to do for the week, what night I was doing a shepherds pie, what night you were going to Jacqui's for your chops and most importantly, when were you and Brian going down the pub for a few. We had great times and the boys always loved having their "Grandad Eric" for a week long sleepover lol
Dropping you back to the airport was always hard and you weren't one for soppy stuff, I would say as I gave you a hug "goodbye Grandad, love you" and you always answered "goodbye darling, much obliged to you" as you gave me a kiss.... I knew exactly what you meant.

Thank you Grandad for everything you did for us all, Our memories will last a lifetime and live on, and your smile and love I will never forget.

So for 1 last time, and in your words
'Goodbye Grandad, much obliged to you!"
XxxX

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Visiting Granddad and enjoying my 1st fosters with him ❤️

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Visiting Granddad and enjoying my 1st fosters with him ❤️

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James Wheeler-Marfleet donated £12.50 in memory of Eric

In loving memory of my great grandad, Eric Pudney.

You was the best grandad ever, I will miss visiting you and sharing a fosters! I always remember watching free willy my favourite film at your house, and I will miss sharing my achievements with you and making you proud. I will never forget your joy when I told you I’d taken up boxing and I will for evermore treasure that special memory.

Love you always

Your little boxer James xxx

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Danni Childs donated £20 in memory of Eric

Great grandad; you taught us all to be strong, kind and to see the positives in life. Your warm heart and brilliant sense of humour lit up any room ❤️ You’re back with grandad and great nanny now, take care up there xxx

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Suzanne Childs posted a picture

Although we are heartbroken now, I will always remember the big smiles everytime we saw each other ❤

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Suzanne Childs donated £50 in memory of Eric

In lovely memory of my wonderful grandparents, Peg & Eric xxxx

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Best mates ❤️

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Janice Marshall donated in memory of Eric

remembering happy times spent with Uncle Eric, Auntie Peg and family. Eric used to enjoy a day out in the country, he got on well with my dad who was a real country boy.
Eric was always smiling.

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Grandad with his 4 Irish Great grandsons ❤❤❤❤

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Patrick Maguire wrote

Eric was one of life’s gentlemen with a wicked sense of humour
I am glad to hear he enjoyed a second youth at Tudor Lodge where he was always a willing
card player and had not lost any of his crafty moves
RIP Eric

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Marie Wilks wrote

RIP uncle Eric xxxx

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Marie Wilks donated £20 in memory of Eric

RIP uncle Eric xxxx

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Caroline Counsell wrote

I always remember grandad coming home from work whilst my nan cooked a delicious dinner, he'd fall asleep in his chair and she'd be busy working away. Later he went onto be the most amazing caring and doting husband when Nan got so ill. Until the end, he was there.
When he moved we were happy he was in a safer place and enjoy visiting him with the boys. Always amazed how "sharp as a tack" he'd be. Always asking the boys how they were getting on at school, did they like sport and lastly the one Harvey squirmed at "you got a girlfriend yet"?. It'd be a very chat, chat chatty time. Until he'd had enough and he'd say "right, nice to see you". That always gave us a giggle. We always left him happy and I loved him very much. I know the boys will cherish their memories of their "Great Grandad"..... He was indeed a great man.

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Lovely memory xx

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Dave Childs donated £40 in memory of Eric

In loving memory of a great man I was proud to call my Grandad

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