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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
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