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Mr B Riddlestone

PUBLISHED: 10:17 14 March 2008 | UPDATED: 19:54 05 July 2010

THE death has occurred at the age of 101 of Bernard Riddlestone who served for 40 years in the Police Force including six years as superintendent of the Eye Division.

THE death has occurred at the age of 101 of Bernard Riddlestone who served for 40 years in the Police Force including six years as superintendent of the Eye Division.

Born in Polstead, one of a family of 10, Mr Riddlestone left school at the age of 14 and five years later decided to join the Police Force. His post was at Woodbridge and he also at Ipswich, Lowestoft and Eye. He was awarded medals for long service and good conduct, civil defence and long service in St John Ambulance.

After retiring from the police in 1966 he became chief security officer at Pakefield Holiday Centre finally retiring in 1980. Twice married he leaves one daughter Judith and one son Charles, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

After his second wife Janet died in 1984 Mr Riddlestone lived along at Gunton Drive, Lowesotft until November last year when he moved to Ipswich to live with his son and daughter-in-law. He cherished his independence becoming proficient at baking cakes, making jam and reserve and bottling wine in addition to caring for his garden.

At the age of 80 he began writing his autobiography completing the comprehensive book entitled “Hoffy” five years later. He had many interests including a love of all sporting activities especially rifle shooting which he carried on until he was 90, field dog trials and countless other pursuits.

He retained an interest in the police after his retirement regularly attending functions and reunions and made speeches at the special celebration at Lowestoft Police Station to mark his 100th birthday.

A freemason for many years he was awarded the Suffolk Provincial Order of Merit in 1994.

The funeral takes place at Ipswich Crematorium North Chapel at 3.15pm on Friday (March 14) with a memorial service at Gunton St Peter Church, Lowestoft at 2pm on Saturday (March 15).

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