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Former solicitor dies aged 96

PUBLISHED: 18:46 19 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:22 03 March 2010

FORMER solicitor Rupert Fison has died at the age of 96.

Mr Fison was an accomplished golfer, playing off a handicap of one and represented the county for more than 30 years.

FORMER solicitor Rupert Fison has died at the age of 96.

Mr Fison was an accomplished golfer, playing off a handicap of one and represented the county for more than 30 years.

Jonathan Fison described his father as "a flamboyant, lively outgoing man, full of fun and always the life and soul of the party."

Mr Fison was well known in Felixstowe where he ran his solicitor's business for more than 50 years, specialising in conveyancing.

During the early 80s he sold his practice in Hamilton Road, to Blocks Solicitors, but continued working for them as a consultant up until five years ago.

Mr Fison was born in September, 1905, at the former home of writer Rider Haggard, in Runton, Norfolk. Having lived in Sudbury and Kesgrave, for the past 36 years he lived in Falkenham.

From a young age, Mr Fison wanted to be solicitor and followed in his older brother's footsteps. He studied law at Peterhouse, Cambridge and then set-up the Felixstowe branch of Fison and Co.

During the Second World War, Mr Fison was enlisted as an officer in the RAF and later received an MBE for his services.

After the War, he returned to his practice where he met his wife to be Betty Beatrice (Bebe) who had joined his firm as a secretary.

The couple enjoyed a happy life together until Bebe died last February at the age of 72.

Mr Fison lived for golf and was known on the circuit as 'Doctor Golf' as he was always offering advice to players and helping them with their game.

He was president of Woodbridge Golf Club in the 80s and is the only person to have been captain of the club twice.

He was a life member of Thorpeness as well as a founder member of Purdis Heath Golf Club.

Mr Fison was a member of Felixstowe Rotary Club and at one time was the longest serving Rotarian in the county after being a member for nearly 60 years.

His funeral will take place on Friday at Falkenham Church at 2pm and he will be buried in Felixstowe Cemetery.

Family flowers only but donations if desired can be made payable to St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich.

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