A funeral will take place to honour a former Ealing mayor who was ‘a man of magnitude and mentor to many’.
Fred Dunckley, who was the borough’s mayor from 1988-1989 and deputy mayor the previous year, died from a heart attack on Saturday (November 29), aged 86.
Mr Dunckley, a community stalwart who had been an Ealing councillor for 20 years from 1982 to 2002, had been ill on and off for about 20 years.
A mass will take place at 10am in St Bernard’s Church in Northolt on December 12 before the funeral at 11.45 at Breakspear Crematorium, Ruislip.
His widow Winnie Dunckley said: “We are going to miss his character, a larger than life man who always made us laugh.”
Mr Dunckley was born in Acton, lived in Hanwell, and finally in Compton Crescent, Northolt.
He was awarded an MBE in 2002 for his services to the community in Ealing when he was also freeman of the borough, and he was a Deputy Lieutenant to the Queen in 1990.
The former mayor was chair of governors at Viking Primary school for 18 years, and chair of governors at Walford school which is now the Alec Reed Academy and was also chair of governors at Northolt primary.
He was involved in St John’s Ambulance, was part of Beekeepers, was a pigeon racer and used to fly model aircrafts, while being a telephone engineer for 43 years.
Mr Dunckley leaves behind six children: Theresa, Michael, Lindsey, Janet, Nicola and Lisa, 14 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.