Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Eeee the Beee, loved and respected Wargravian

PATRICIA WADE was known to many as Eeee the Beee, a consequence of being both young

PATRICIA WADE was known to many as Eeee the Beee, a consequence of being both young at heart and in appearance.

When the first of her eight grandchildren was born, people assumed she was the “mummieee” or the “auntieee” but not possibly the “grannieee”.

A much-loved only child, she attended Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for girls and at only 20 years of age became the private secretary to the chief executive of Barclays Dominion Colonial and Overseas.

She met her husband Henry at a dance in Wembley town hall where they danced the night away to the big bands of the day.

From then on, since they both worked in the City, they had what Henry calls “many pleasant lunchtimes and cycle rides”.

They married in 1955 and, soon after winning a small handful of best-looking couple awards, went on to have four children, Karen, Vaughan, Lloyd and Amanda. The couple moved to Wargrave some 50 years ago where Eeee enjoyed village life and the children went to the local schools.

Working as PA to John Weatherlake at EBCO sextants in Wargrave, she attended exhibitions around Europe and helped set up the Wargrave News and the High Street Stores (once known as International Stores).

With a strong work ethic, she then spent 10 years at Pope’s Manor in Binfield as PA to the group managing director of Bryant Homes, which came to incorporate Taylor Woodrow and Taylor Wimpey.

In her youth she enjoyed swimming and lacrosse. Later, both she and Henry were key players at Henley Squash Club, where the whole family were members.

She was captain of the Wargrave women’s marrow dangling team, enjoyed (light) weight training and was known to turn her hand to rhubarb thrashing, which she didn’t enjoy quite so much.

Eeee was very musical. She played the piano when young and listened to a wide variety of music over the years. She ice skated to it, danced to it and sang. She particularly enjoyed carol singing with the Wargrave Choir at select houses, where refreshment was served in the form of mead.

A good all-rounder her entire life, many will remember Eeee in her later years as walking in Wargrave, arm in arm with Henry.

Tragically, in her last years, dementia took a serious hold and she moved to The Mount, Wargrave, just a few paces from their house.

Following a recent stroke, she slipped away peacefully, just days after the birth of one great grandchild and a week or so before the birth of another.

The family would like to thank all the staff at The Mount who treated Eeee with dignity, compassion and tenderness.

The funeral will take place at St Mary’s Church, Wargrave, on Tuesday (May 26) at noon. All wishing to pay their respects are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dementia UK via Tomalin & Son, funeral directors, Henley.

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