Dearly-loved columnist was ‘instrumental’

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The son of former Bury Free Press angling columnist John Easdown believes his father will be ‘sorely missed’ throughout the community after his passing this week.

John, whose much-read column appeared from 1973 to 1982 and again from 1988 to 2008 passed away at the age of 82 following a battle with dementia.

His love for the water began with an early career as a navigator for the Merchant Navy, before enjoying a 27-year long career as the chief environmental officer for Bury St Edmunds council where he proved instrumental in the redevelopment of Hardwick Ponds.

In retirement, John — a member of Bury Fishing Club — maintained his passion for angling, fishing no fewer than three days a week without fail in Rushbrooke and Lakenheath.

“Everyone knew my dad through his column which he loved and his instrumental work for the local area,” said his son Brice. “He did so much for the local area and I know he will be sorely missed throughout the community.

“Fishing was his life and even in retirement he was always out on the lakes.”

Barry Peters, editor of the Free Press, said: “As a keen angler — and Bury AA member — myself, I would read John’s columns with interest.

“He was authoritative and interesting in equal measure and a valued contributor to the Bury Free Press over many years.”

Anybody wishing to make a donation should do so to the Mission to Seafarers as requested by John.