Much-loved postman Fred Sheppard who served Chiswick residents for 36 years died only days before Christmas.
Fred Sheppard, of Hearne Road, Strand-on-the-Green, passed away very suddenly on December 23, aged 82, after developing pneumonia.
Previously a driver in the Army, Fred became a postman in 1955, moving to Strand-on-the-Green in 1960 and transferring to Chiswick Sorting Office, where he stayed until his retirement, in 1991.
Daughter Kim Allsebrook, 45, said: "Dad soon gained the trust and respect of all the residents, he became a well-known figure around the Strand.
"If anybody wanted to know any local information, every-body would say 'ask Fred'.
"He also had a very caring nature for the elderly. He would often keep an eye on them whilst doing his rounds and if they ever needed anything Dad was always there to help."
Fred was nominated for Postman of the Year in 1992 by two Strand-on-the-Green residents, Mrs Munday and Mrs MacIndoe.
Although he didn't win, he received a letter from the area manager, Jim Cunningham, saying: "They describe your service as thoughtful, considerate, courteous and cheerful and they particularly describe the wayyou help the elderly and infirm.
"Having spoken to your manager at Chiswick, I know you are a valued member of his staff so perhaps you would allow me to add my personal thanks, not only for your exemplary service over 36 years but also the customer satisfaction and delight that you generate on your delivery."
Kim, who now lives in Cippenham, Berkshire, would help Fred on his rounds while en route to Chiswick School and when she worked at RM Douglas Construction Ltd, right up until she was pregnant with Fred's grandson Aaron Linstead.
Kim said: "We also both had a love for playing darts and we used to play in the Steam Packet in Strand-on-the-Green, which is now Café Rouge.
"We were then taken on as barman and barmaid of the pub and spent a few years working there. We had such fun together."
Fred's funeral takes place next Friday (16). Mourners will meet at the Bell and Crown Public House, in Thames Road, Strand-on-the-Green, before heading to Mortlake Crematorium for 2pm.
Fred leaves two other daughters, Sandra Sheppard and Janet Slark.