I have been telling the tales of trips to Belgium with Adrian for years, moments in my life that made a lasting impression, never to be forgotten. I remember there was always a joke or three and a smile. He was one of those larger than life characters that the world needs more of. I shall raise a glass in his honour as soon as I get the chance. Long may he rest in peace with the Portsmouth FC fans and players of old.
Your tea and fags where legendary as was your great humour and approach to life
Son of Jim and Nancy from West Mersea, and brother to David, husband to Denise, father to Andrew and Nicola and grandad to Oliver died after a long fight with cancer and COPD peacefully in Colchester hospital on 26th April 2020.
He spent the whole of his working life at KB’s in the high street and later in layer road. He will be remembered for many things including his love of football and cricket both watching playing and running the line. He was known for being social and whilst with KB social club he organised and par took in “it’s a knock out”, rounder’s, darts, football, cricket, the pools and in off the post.
He supported Portsmouth’s FC for 55 years and got to see them win the league and get promotion which he loved, this day was possibly only beaten when he got to take his grandson to his first professional football match, Colchester united v’s Portsmouth, where they shared their love for the game.
He was known as being laid back, with a great sense of humour and became very well-travelled in Europe in part for his love of football and his love of cheap tobacco. Locally his travel knowledge increased whilst running “dad cabs” Which travelled to airports, night clubs and where ever you lived with no cost. Dad seemed to enjoy this as he saw his children and their friends at the best and worst and like a priest never told.
Dad liked to live the way he wanted and never took instruction well, even when he got ill and the hospital told him he would last more than 6 months he amazed them all by keeping going, and he only went when he was ready years later.
He is now at rest with Mum and if in death they are the same as in life, I am sure he is having his ear bent and they are both laughing
You are much loved and will be missed