NOVEMBER 21, 1948 - AUGUST 28, 2008
A talented father-of-two who dedicated his life to a Chelsea community has died suddenly.
Residents of the World's End Estate in King's Road are reeling after TMO board member and Whistler Walk resident Tim Rice died on Thursday, August 28, after suffering heart problems. The 59-year-old leaves behind his wife Marsha and two sons, Christopher and Simon.
Mr Rice has been remembered as a peaceful man who worked tirelessly to improve lives on World's End.
Around 20 years ago he became a founder member of the World's End Residents' Association (WERA) and remained a staunch supporter of the over 50s club - where he played the piano for pensioners.
Chair of the club Helen Morris said: "I feel like I've lose my right hand. Tim was a very special and intelligent man who was a dear friend. Every day we had something to ask Tim on his travels around the estate. He was forever walking around the area and did so much for us all."
Among the projects which Mr Rice played a key part in was a scheme to create better understanding in the community. Pensioners dressed as 'hoodies' and youths played bingo to enable them to appreciate each others lives.
A celebration of his life will be held at Christ Church in Flood Street, Chelsea, on Friday at 2pm. The family have requested no flowers be sent, but donations can be made to InterAct Reading Service, a charity for stroke patients based in Kensington High Street. For more information visit www.interactreading.org or call 020 7471 6789.
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