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Tributes paid to respected local figure
TRIBUTES have been pouring in after the death of a popular member of the Bridport sports scene.
Fred Bowditch, 80, died at Dorset County Hospital shortly after being diagnosed with lung cancer and his funeral took place on Tuesday, October 22, at St Peter’s Church, Eype.
During an illustrious sporting career, Fred Bowditch represented Bridport in five sports – cricket, football, hockey, angling and skittles – and was president of the West Bay Sea Angling Cup.
In 1976, he co-founded the hugely popular Crosby Cup at Symene Cricket Club.
Colin Wilcox, treasurer and secretary of Symene Cricket Club, said: “He was involved with the cricket club for 60 years and I played with him from when I was 12, right through the ages.
“He did an awful lot for the club, looking after the pitch amongst other things, and was a high quality batsman and a good spinner. He will be missed by everyone.”
In 2007, Fred was presented with the Terry Collin cup by Yeovil Town Football Club chairman John Fry for the Unsung Hero of the Year award, an award set up in the memory of the late Bridport News sports reporter Terry Collin.
He was also instrumental in the West Bay Sea Angling club.
Roger Guppy, secretary at WBSAC, said he had received dozens of emails expressing their sadness at Fred’s Death.
Mr Guppy said: “The best description of Fred was he was the cornerstone of the club. He had been on the committee for decades and was one of our longest standing and one of our most respected members.
“Everybody really respected him as a member and not only that, really valued him as a man and a friend. He was always so helpful of the club, and really supportive of the junior section.”
Mr Bowditch leaves a widow, Vera, a son, Simon, and two grandsons Jake and Lewis. Mr Bowditch had lived his whole life in Bridport on St Andrews Road. He worked as a postman for 40 years after leaving school at the age of 14, missing only two years to complete national service.
Son Simon Bowditch said: “He went into hospital complaining of breathing difficulties, and then within five days he’d died. He was a great husband, dad and granddad and will be sorely missed by all the family. He was very active, as fit as a fiddle, and he really excited my interest in sport.”
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