Search

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

Archant

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.”

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford News Stories

A man who knifed a much-loved teenager 11 times in the head, chest, arms and legs within metres of a primary school was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment today.

X Factor star and TV personality Stacey Solomon has visited patients and staff at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, after donating £17,000 to the hospital’s charity.

17:34

The Dualers have been announced this week as the second headline act for the Havering Show.

A mum-of-three who cites love as her biggest source of inspiration has launched a jewellery design brand named after her children.

IVF treatment, boob jobs and weight loss surgery are some of the NHS treatments that could be axed in the borough to save £55million under new proposals.

12:00

The world wars cast the longest shadow over the 20th century, but it is a different conflict of the time which will be in the spotlight next week.

An exhibition will be held next week for a proposal to redevelop an industrial area.

10:19

Residents up and down the borough will be putting on their red noses, dressing up in costumes and doing silly things to raise money for Comic Relief.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now