ANTIQUES expert Ernest Pickering who ran a shop in South Street for many decades has passed away.
Mr Pickering, who would have been 97 on February 2, was well-respected in Eastbourne for buying and selling antiques and his specialist knowledge on English pottery, porcelain and furniture.
He opened his popular shop in 1946 with the help of his wife Dorothy and he did not retire from the antiques business until he was 85.
He employed cabinet maker Raymond Stedman who was also well known to Mr Pickering’s many customers.
Mr Pickering leaves his wife Dorothy, 93, who he was married to for more than 70 years, and his two daughters Janet and Christine.
Janet Pickering, who worked with her father in the antiques business for many years, said, “He had a long and happy life and was also fond of being at home and in his garden.
“A kind and gentle man, he and my mother celebrated silver, golden, diamond and platinum wedding anniversaries.
“In his own words, he said he would do it all again.”