RREC Central Southern Section


Teddy (as he was invariably known) spent his young life in Upminster. Sadly his father died three months before Teddy was born and he lost his mother at the age of seventeen. Having been a boarder at Bancroft School, he did his National Service with the RAF in Wiltshire. It was during this time that he studied for his BSc degree in Estate Management by correspondence course. This in turn qualified him as a Chartered Surveyor. His early experience was with Jackson-Stops & Staff at Winchester and Chichester, where he settled. In the early sixties he decided to set up his own practice with a commercial/architectural bias and was joined by his long-term partner and friend Rodney Funnell. The business continued to flourish and expand and is still well known in the area today.

Teddy was married to Janet for some thirty-eight years. They joined the Central Southern Section of the RREC in 1994 and it was about that time that their 20/25 Hooper sports saloon (chassis GRF23) was purchased. Teddy's article which appeared in the Magazine for May tells us lots about the car and the events leading up to it.

Sadly Teddy suffered with cancer for several years, fighting it bravely and sometimes appearing to succeed. However, it finally got the better of him and he died peacefully on 11th May, survived by three sons.

Those of us who were privileged to know Teddy recognised a gentleman who was cheerful, kind and totally straightforward. What some did not realise was that he was an accomplished pianist and would occasionally give recitals at home on his Steinway piano for his friends. He leaves a big gap, but Janet still hopes to keep in touch with us.

Peter Parkinson - Member