Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Eric Moore — April 18, 1945 to July 8, 2016

ERIC Fredrick Moore, who has died at the age of 71, was well known for serving

ERIC Fredrick Moore, who has died at the age of 71, was well known for serving Henley with his famous breakfasts at the Discovery Café.

He was born in Reading on April 18, 1945, the eldest son of Edward and Catherine Moore.

Eric had a stepbrother and stepsister and an older sister, Yvonne.

Later on, he had a brother called Arthur and two sisters, Maureen and Christine.

The family lived above their watch and clock repair shop in Caversham Road, Reading.

Eric attended Saint Anne’s Primary School before moving to Henley in 1953, where he lived in Greys Road, above the Discovery Café (also known as Ted’s), which was owned by his father.

He went to Sacred Heart Primary School in Henley for a short time before completing his studies at the Blessed Hugh Faringdon School in Reading, where he discovered his love of athletics and became a keen county runner. After leaving school, Eric had a variety of different jobs, including working at GDS, Thames Carpets and Waldens and as a milkman. He first met his wife, Margaret Blackall, while playing on the rec at Gainsborough in Henley. They were married on August 6, 1966 at Holy Trinity Church in Henley and had a long and happy marriage together.

The couple moved into their first home in Woodley after they were married and went on to have five children, Tracey, Kerry, Wendy, Terri and Gary.

In 1970 Eric moved back to Henley and returned to work at the café, going on to become the manager and eventually the owner.

Eric was a keen snooker player at the Salisbury Club in Queen Street and regularly played darts at the old fire station.

In 1991, he became an adored grandfather for the first time with the birth of Kieran, followed by seven other grandchildren, Kayleigh, Elise, Connor, Chloe, Megan, Olivia and Kaiya.

He sold his much-loved Discovery Café in 1997 and then worked at Invesco Perpetual until he retired. Following his retirement, Eric enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and going on holidays and continued to cook his signature dishes for his family.

He passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home at Mount View on July 8, surrounded by his loved ones.

Eric was, above all, a devoted family man and true gentleman and he will be deeply missed and eternally loved by all his family and friends.

His funeral took place at Holy Trinity Church on July 22 and was followed by a reception at Henley Town Football Club.

His family would like to thank all those who attended Eric’s funeral and for all the lovely flowers, donations, cards and messages of support they have received throughout this difficult time.

Donations in memory of Eric will go to the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed. If you wish to make a donation, please contact funeral directors Tomalin & Son in Reading Road, Henley.

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