AN ARNDALE Centre security guard and founder member of the Eastbourne Parachute Regiment Association has died at the age of 81.
Pat Crunden, of Channel View Road, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of Saturday morning (November 19).
His wife of 23 years, Pauline, this week told the Herald Pat would be sorely missed by his three children Karen, Paddy and Andy, his four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He also leaves a large extended family and many close friends.
Pat was in the Royal Sussex Regiment when he was 17 and was later transferred to Middlesex before starting parachute regiment training.
He was sent abroad with the parachute regiment in 1949 and when he returned to Eastbourne he worked for the BT telephone exchange.
Pat then became a milkman with the Co-op Dairy for around 20 years before becoming a security guard in the Arndale Centre in 1983.
During his security career at the Arndale Centre he became security manager and retired from the post on his 68th birthday in 1998.
However, Pat continued to be a dedicated and committed member of the community as a founder member of the Eastbourne Parachute Regiment Association, where he was a standard bearer for many years, and as an active member of the Catholic church.
Pat and Pauline attended St Agnes Church together and Pat was also a member of the Eastbourne Area Knights of St Columba, a Catholic mens’ group.
Pauline said, “He always treated people with respect and he was such a generous person. He would never walk past a beggar in the street without giving them money and I remember one time when he didn’t have any change and he gave someone a tenner.
“He was such a lovely, kind person and he had a great sense of humour.”
His funeral will take place on December 2 at St Agnes Church. All enquiries should be made to Adela on 01323 643999.