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Eric Charles Tatchell, MA, Ph.D.
1938 - 2021
Born on 10th July 1938 in Battersea, London, he was raised in Tunbridge Wells after his family relocated during WWII. He had two older brothers, Roger and Keith and went to The Skinner’s School. He later graduated from Queens’ College, Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences.
Eric worked firstly in the Biology Department and later taught Anatomy at Guy’s Medical School. He met his wife Pat who worked as a research technician and they married on 12th December 1970. Whilst at Guy’s he completed his Ph.D. in Protozoology.
Eric and Pat moved to Sittingbourne in 1972 and had three children Wendy, Sally and Nick. Eric and his family enjoyed acting with Group 81 amateur dramatics group and he played many roles most notably the Duke of Norfolk in 'A Man for All Seasons'.
He took early retirement and continued to support his family while honing his culinary skills, learning how to smoke food, and cataloguing family photos.
Eric and Pat celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last December and were able to meet with their children (albeit in a pub car park to exchange gifts due to Covid-19 restrictions).
His memory lives on with his 5 grandchildren to whom he was a loving grandfather. Eric will be missed by his family and his many friends and colleagues.
The family will be providing flowers for his funeral, but if you would like to contribute please donate to Cancer Research UK via the JustGiving link on the profile. He dedicated his career to science and research and having suffered from prostate cancer this charity seemed most appropriate.