Frederick Palfrey, known as Freddie

In memory of a brave and wonderful man deeply loved by all his family and friends.

What can I say about my dad, my really special dad who we all loved so very much. As you know he was not local to this area he was from North London and we moved here in 1978. Dad was always very fond of Clacton and we have some fantastic memories of growing up in Holland on Sea. He bought us a speed boat which was enormous fun for the family and we had some great weekends on the beach. Dad loved his holidays therefore we had wonderful family times abroad as well. He was real fun and a bit of a joker and i have fond memories of him singing and dancing to Rod Stewart " Do you think I'm sexy" and Tina Turner's "simply the best"

Dad finally sold Burridges his shop in London in 1987 and retired for a few years before he took up a new career as a house builder and was pretty successful and really loved this stage of his life. There were a few headaches along the way but he was a great problem solver so much so that Auntie Lily named her bungalow after him 'No problem'
After we all married and had children of our own dad was not just a fantastic dad but also a wonderful loving granddad. In his words life just got better and better.

About 10 years ago dad took up golf and really found something else he loved. We always wished him good luck before he went off and then waited to hear the stories of the day's events...Dad used to play regularly with his dear late friend Paul and Alan " mum used to say it was like " Last of the summer wine" Hilarious most of the time.
Two years ago the bottom fell out of our world when dad became ill and was diagnosed with asbestos related cancer.
Although we knew it was terminal he was offered treatment to give him more time which he accepted and amazed us all by is positive attitude. He continued to be his usual cheerful self, playing his golf when he could and we all enjoyed precious family time making more great memories to treasure. It was dad's positive attitude and cheerful nature that kept us all going through this difficult time. I was very privileged to nurse dad at home in his last week along with mum.
The family all came together and we supported each other. There was a wonderful atmosphere at home with so much love surrounding him. He always managed a smile for us & the nurses who came to help. He was so very brave and whilst we could not change the outcome, the many friends who offered prayers and lit candles for him ensured that he had a peaceful end.

Dad has left a legacy of love, he was a beautiful example of how to live life


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