Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Estate agent never left

ERIC WEYMAN passed away peacefully on February 11. He was born in Hart Street, Henley, on September 24, 1921 and, apart from the war years, lived in the town all his life

ERIC WEYMAN passed away peacefully on February 11. He was born in Hart Street, Henley, on September 24, 1921 and, apart from the war years, lived in the town all his life.

He was educated at Henley Grammar School and went to work at the family estate agents, J Chambers & Co.

At the outbreak of the war, he volunteered for the Royal Air Force and served in Bomber Command as wireless operator and rear gunner in Wellington bombers with one of the Pathfinder squadrons.

After the war, he rejoined his father at J Chambers, taking over in 1948 and running the business successfully from the Hart Street office until he retired in the Eighties.

He was a keen sportsman, rowing with Henley Rowing Club as a young man, later with Upper Thames. He also played for Henley Rugby Club. He enjoyed archery and in the early Fifties met his future wife Shirley on an archery course at Bisham Abbey. They were married in 1953.

Eric loved the outdoors; he was a very keen ornithologist, nature lover and gardener. He was also a very skilful amateur woodworker, making many large garden toys for his children and later his grandchildren.

Eric and Shirley had their first daughter, Susan, in 1955. They were then living in the same house as Eric's parents had been when he was born. Susan was followed by sisters Sarah and Katkin.

In 2013, Eric and Shirley celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in the company of family and friends, their five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He will be sorely missed by us all.

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