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Friends pay tribute to Hornchurch’s ‘inspirational’ Paul Freedman MBE

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:34 13 February 2017

Paul Freedman MBE

Paul Freedman MBE

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Tributes have been flooding in from all corners of the community from people wishing to pay their respects to Paul Freedman MBE.

Whether he was running to raise money for charity, performing with his concert party or simply telling a joke to make others smile - Paul made an impact on everyone he met.

Bunny Eagling, a member of the Entertainers which Paul set up in 1991, fondly recalled his cheeky sense of humour and spoke of his many talents.

“He was one of my dearest friends – I absolutely loved him,” said Bonnie. “He was very funny, he was the comedian of the bunch. I feel honoured he was one of my friends.”

“He was so inspirational. When he retired he didn’t give up, he spent the rest of his life going to old peoples homes and performing.

“He had so many things about him but he was never big headed, he was amazing really and was himself all the time.”

Jeff Fenton, from Havering 90 Joggers, said: “He was a founding member of the H90 Joggers and he was a great inspiration for the members - he was 92 when he passed away. It was marvellous for the youngsters to see him carry on and do the marathon.

“He was one of life’s unusual characters, always smiling and wanted to tell you a joke trying to make you laugh - it was the way he delivered it.”

Clare McPartland, from Saint Francis Hospice, thanked the great man for all the charity work he’s done for them.

“This year will be my first London Marathon and he will certainly be on my mind – he’s a true inspiration and I know he’d be cheering me on from the crowd.”

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