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Long serving Mildenhall RBL president dies

Eric and Winifred Pryer celebrating their Platinum wedding anniversary in July 2012  ENGANL00120120723155741

Eric and Winifred Pryer celebrating their Platinum wedding anniversary in July 2012 ENGANL00120120723155741

Eric Pryer, a D-Day veteran who was president of Mildenhall Royal British Legion for 18 years, has died.

Mr Pryer, 96, had been in hospital for some time but spent his final days at his home in Field Road with his family, including his wife Win, with whom he would have marked their 72 wedding anniversary on July 25.

His daughter Sandra Bunyon said: “He had a good life.”

Mr Pryer was born in Feltwell, where he asked to be buried, and saw service with the Royal Artillery on D-Day.

When he left the army after the war he worked at RAF Feltwell then had a fish and chip shop in the village, in Long Lane.

When RAF Feltwell closed, he transferred to RAF Lakenheath’s housing office.

Mrs Bunyon said her parents then moved to The Limes in Mildenhall where they first lived in one of the flats until the built a bungalow there.

She recalled her father reading the names of the fallen at Mildenhall’s Remembrance Day services for many years.

He was also chief organiser for retired Civil Servants in Mildenhall and on the town’s twinning committee. He was a parish councillor for a short time.

He leaves his wife, daughter, son Barry, three grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Thursday July 3 at Mildenhall Methodist Church in the High Street, followed by a private burial at Feltwell.

Donations in his memory can be made to Mildenhall RBL through the undertakers G R Peachey and Son in North Terrace, Mildenhall.

 

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