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Mr E Atherton

PUBLISHED: 10:41 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:06 05 July 2010

MEMBERS of Lowestoft United Reformed Church will be saddened to learn of the death on December 4 of Eric Atherton who augmented their congregation following the closure of Gorleston United Reformed Church.

MEMBERS of Lowestoft United Reformed Church will be saddened to learn of the death on December 4 of Eric Atherton who augmented their congregation following the closure of Gorleston United Reformed Church.

Eric Atherton who trained as a carpenter and joiner in Great Yarmouth had spent a great part of his life serving others. At the beginning of the second world war he was a member of the squad that rescued people from bombed buildings and made the structures temporarily safe.

Despite being in a reserved occupation he volunteered for the RAF but was posted to the Royal Ordnance Corps. He was seconded to the Royal West African Frontier Force where he was charged with issuing supplies to frontline troops fighting in the jungle. His faith underpinned his entire life. In retirement he became a lay preacher and he and his devoted wife Renee were frequent visitors to the housebound, the ill and those who needed assistance in their daily lives. For over 50 years he was captain of the 1st Gorleston Boys Brigade. He served as church secretary for more than 10 years and also occasionally as treasurer. He died in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital aged 94. His wife pre-deceased him but leaves two sons John and David, grandchildren and a great-grandson Harry.

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