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Tributes to 'Mr Thamesmead' Ted Claridge

PUBLISHED: 16:46 12 September 2011

Ted and Pat Claridge

Ted and Pat Claridge

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Tributes have been paid to the former mayor of three London boroughs who was known as Mr Thamesmead.

Ted Claridge, who died at the age of 86 last Wednesday (7) with his wife Pat by his side, moved to Thamesmead from the east London in 1976.

He raised thousands of pounds for young people’s charities, was instrumental in improving leisure facilities, including the construction of Thamesmere Leisure Centre and was a staunch supporter of local organisations for more than three decades.

He had been involved with community charity Trust Thamesmead since the 1980s where he was chair and vice-chair, before the Trust made him its Life Long President.

Trust’s Chair, Vic Grimes said: “Ted’s commitment to the public good is well known and the contribution he made to the Trust’s work cannot be underestimated

“Prior to becoming our Life President he served for ten years as a loyal and valued vice-chair and although he was unable to take an active role in recent months his influence remained and he will be sorely missed.”

In 1996 Mr Claridge was awarded freedom of the borough in Greenwich, in 1996, primarily for his work in and for Thamesmead. He was mayor in Greenwich in 1991 to 1992 before being mayor of Hackney and Shoreditch.

Greenwich Council leader Chris Roberts, said: “Ted Claridge was one of those rare people whose contribution to the community was considerable, and will be remembered for many years to come.”

His funeral is due to take place next Wednesday (21) at Eltham Crematorium in Crown Woods Way, Eltham, at 11am. His family have requested that no flowers are sent but that donations are instead made to Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice.

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