Friday, 19 August 2022

“Mr T”, a horse lover and true gentleman

ERIC THURMAN passed away peacefully at home on January 25, aged 83.

ERIC THURMAN passed away peacefully at home on January 25, aged 83.

He was born in Northfleet, Kent, in 1931 and was one of triplets, a rarity in those days.

He and his brothers became mini-celebrities, getting media coverage and lots of attention throughout their early years.

This continued throughout their life and when they all reached the age of 80 they discovered they were the oldest living triplets in the country.

Eric was evacuated during the war and later joined the RAF as a medic.

After his National Service he married, became a printer and moved to Turville.

In the mid-Sixties, Eric and his wife Nan started the hugely successful Turville Valley Stud Riding School, where they introduced hundreds of children to riding and looking after ponies.

He loved his weekend role teaching the beginners and spent hours running alongside the trotting ponies.

Eric always had a smile on his face and was affectionately known by many as “Mr T”. His role with horses also took him around the country, organising various events, and he became a true ambassador for the sport of riding in general.

He was on the committee for the Mounted Games Association of Great Britain, became chairman of the Lusitano Breed Society of Great Britain, was regional officer for the British Horse Society and an inspector for the Association of British Riding Schools.

He was also a parish councillor.

Eric was a huge support to his daughters, Angela and Diane, and took them to competitions through the years. He was extremely proud of all his four granddaughters’ achievements.

On Nan’s passing, he took more of a back seat with the stables and spent time promoting the Lusitano horse and met Vivien, a fellow horsewoman, whom he later married. Eric was well known throughout the Hambleden Valley and he always attended the Henley Show where he presented his trophy. He would always go smartly dressed, rarely without a tie.

A true gentleman, Eric was loved by all the ladies. He was kind, generous and always had a twinkle in his eye and made jokes right up to the end.

In his later years he sadly developed Alzheimer’s but was cared for at home by Vivien and some wonderful carers.

Rest in peace, Eric, you will be sorely missed.

The funeral will take place at Turville church on Thursday, February 12 at 2pm. Family flowers only.

Donations, if desired, can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, c/o Arnold Funeral Service, 21-23 Little Marlow Road, Marlow. SL7 1HA. (Tel 01628 898866).

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