Death of Great Barton man with community links to Bury St Edmunds

Eric Flack
Eric Flack
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A ‘generous’ man who was well known in and around Bury St Edmunds for his community involvement has died.

Eric Flack, founder and managing director of Grindsted Products, passed away at West Suffolk Hospital on May 7 following a short illness.

As well as a respected consultant, lecturer and technical author, he had been chairman of The British Industrial Biological Research Association, vice-president of the Institute of Food Science and Technology and, from 1999-2008, was chairman of the Bury Constituency Conservative Association.

He had also served as Bury Rotary Club’s president, Bury Farmers Club’s chairman, a Papworth Trust governor and was a past president of Bury Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.

The 83-year-old’s ‘most famous’ stage role was as professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at Bury’s Theatre Royal.

He and his wife, Doris, had lived in Great Barton for almost 50 years and had three daughters, Janet, Gill and Sue, who died from breast cancer in 2004.

Of her ‘brilliant father’, Gill said: “He put family first but anything else he undertook he gave 100 per cent.”

“He’ll be truly missed by everybody,” added Janet.

The funeral will be at West Suffolk Crematorium at 1.30pm on May 29.

Family flowers only but donations payable to Macmillan Cancer may be sent to Armstrongs Funeral Service, in Bury.