Funeral for the Pearly King of Upminster

PUBLISHED: 12:38 08 December 2015 | UPDATED: 12:39 08 December 2015

Portrait of Arthur shot in 2012 by James Pearson-Howes.

Portrait of Arthur shot in 2012 by James Pearson-Howes.

James Pearson-Howes

Neighbours, friends and charity workers are all expected to attend the service.

The funeral of Upminster’s Pearly King, Arthur Rackley, 90, will take place on Thursday December 17, 12pm, at South Essex Crematorium, in Ockendon Road, Upminster.

Police officers from Havering will be forming a guard of honour outside the crematorium, in tribute to the dedicated fundraiser.

Arthur, of St Albans Avenue, Cranham, died in his home on October 22.

He became a Pearly King in 1980 after his brother Jim died.

He was well known for his volunteering days, when he would stand for hours, with no food or drink, until he reached his target for donations.

Many mourners are expected to attend, including the Mayor of Havering, Cllr Brian Eagling.

He said: “Arthur was a tireless fund-raiser for several charities and was well-known by many residents of Havering as he would be seen standing outside charity shops with his dog and collection tin.

“He was a distinguished local citizen who will be greatly missed by his many friends.”

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