TRIBUTES have been paid to popular former bank manager Freddie Warren who died this week at the age of 86.
Freddie was the manager of Midlands Bank in Seaside, now known as HSBC, and built-up great rapport with his many customers.
There are still many businesses in Eastbourne which owe their success to Freddie’s confidence in them at the beginning.
He moved away from Eastbourne and held more senior roles within the bank but he and his wife Jan moved back to Eastbourne when Freddie retired.
Son Rodney Warren, local solicitor and a senior partner at his law firm, said Eastbourne was where his parents’ hearts had always been and they took the opportunity to rekindle many valued friendships.
Freddie became a prominent member of the Rotary Club of Eastbourne and spent a great deal of time helping charitable causes.
He and Jan also had an annual fundraising open garden at their home each year.
Rodney said, “Perhaps his greatest fame, and for which he will be fondly remembered, was his determination to break the ice with anyone he met by telling them a funny story – with varying degrees of success.”
John Macdonald, past chairman of Eastbourne Hospitality Association and current president of Eastbourne Past Rotarians, said, “Freddie was a great reliable friend, but more than that, he was one of those people you just wanted to be with. He only ever thought of other people.
“He knew he never would be a stand-up comic but it never stopped him trying – in private.”
Freddie is survived by Jan and their sons Rodney and Richard who is a consultant gynaecologist in Norwich.
Rodney said, “Understandably the family’s sense of loss is immense, but our pride in Freddie’s achievements and the benefit of all he taught his grandchildren and us about caring, friendship, and life with a sense of humour, will long shine through.”
There will be a memorial service at St Peter’s Church, Bexhill, at 3pm on August 17. The family has requested any donations in Freddie’s memory be made to St Peter’s.