Tributes to Mr Felixstowe

WHEN he retired after nearly half a century working for the town, Eric Saward was known as “Mr Felixstowe”.

By RICHARD CORNWELL

Felixstowe editor

richard.cornwell@eveningstar.co.uk>

WHEN he retired after nearly half a century working for the town, Eric Saward was known as “Mr Felixstowe”.

For there was very little that Mr Saward - who died at the weekend aged 84 - didn't know about the seaside town which had been his home since he was a toddler.

His work at Felixstowe Town Hall for 46 years had given him a labyrinthine knowledge of local government. He was a familiar sight cycling around the town and always ready to answer questions on any council-related topic.

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Mr Saward moved to the town as a three-year-old from St John's Wood, London, with his family because of his health and to reap the benefits of the sea air. His father opened an umbrella shop in Hamilton Road, opposite where the Post Office now stands.

At the age of 16 he began work as a surveyor's clerk with Felixstowe Urban District Council, staying in the department at the Town Hall until reorganisation in 1974, when he transferred to Suffolk Coastal.

During the Second World War, Mr Saward, who did not do military service because of his health, continued his work with the council and also helped with local liaison with the forces as the resort was a garrison town.

He met his wife Grace, who had come to Felixstowe to work in service as many girls at that time did, in November 1942. Two years later they were married at St Andrew's Church.

The couple, who had four children and for many years lived in Ranelagh Road, were married for more than 60 years. Mrs Saward died in May this year.

Mr Saward, who at the time of his death was living at Mill Lane Nursing Home, was churchwarden at St Andrew's for four years and distributor of the Old Felixstowe Parish Magazine for more than 50 years.

His other interests included voluntary work with the Dr Barnardo's charity for more than 34 years.

Pay your tributes to Eric Saward - Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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