Ex sporting giant Doug passes away

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Cricket and bowls legend Doug Fermor has died.

Eighty-year-old Doug passed away at St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne on December 13 after a short battle with cancer.

His funeral will be at Eastbourne Crematorium on Thursday January 10 at 1.45pm.

Born in New Road, Hellingly, Doug was brought up in the area and during the Second World War sold tomatoes and cucumbers to shops in Seaford before leaving school.

In 1949 he worked at Burtenshaw and Sons, estate agents, valuers and auctioneers which owned Hailsham Market, where he worked his way up from office boy on £1.25 shillings a week to manager when he retired in 1992.

He played cricket for Hailsham for almost 40 years and played for Sussex Over 50s team which won the national cup.

He also played badminton for Hailsham for many years as well as snooker for the Hailsham MI in the Eastbourne League and darts.

Football was another love for Doug who played for Greenbrothers and Hailsham and in later life he also played outdoor bowls at the Saffrons and indoor bowls at Hampden Park.

He married his first wife Ann Crouch at Hellingly Church and the couple had two daughters Tracey and Clare but sadly Ann died of ovarian cancer at the age of 47 despite having won the Hailsham Ladies Singles Cup at tennis the year before.

He went on to marry his second wife Viv, who had two children Sharon and Martin, and who he lived with in Willingdon until his death.

A regular at the Red Lion in Willingdon, the Hailsham MI Club where he was a lifelong honorary member and the Top Club in Hailsham, Doug was also a keen gardener and in retirement did gardening work for neighbours and friends.

He also enjoyed spending time with his family and granddaughters Amelia and Trixie.