Eric Dodds

Once shot by an RAF demonstrator plane, sport was perhaps the greatest passion for tireless community fundraiser Eric Dodds, who has died aged 85.

Once shot by an RAF demonstrator plane, sport was perhaps the greatest passion for tireless community fundraiser Eric Dodds, who has died aged 85.

A former Norwich City Council deputy clerk he, with his wife Noreen, helped to raise nearly £100,000 for the Duke of Edinburgh Award from their South Wootton home.

A love for sport saw him found, and be chairman for, many new associations and his dedication to his community led to him becoming an MBE in 1999.

Brought up in Morpeth, his most vivid memory of wartime was being shot in the collar bone by an RAF plane which had mistaken spectators for its dummy targets during a demonstration. 40 others were killed.


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He and his wife moved to Norwich in 1948 where he helped organise the city's festival amongst other things, before moving to King's Lynn in 1962 to be a senior partner at Lynn law firm Kenneth Bush and Co.

He enjoyed playing tennis, squash and refereeing rugby matches and was a chairman of West Norfolk British Olympic Appeal committee and Norfolk Athletics Trust.

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His interest in amateur dramatics led him to appear with the Norwich Players and he was a friend of Music in Country Churches.

In his will, Mr Dodds invited friends to a round of golf at King's Lynn Golf Club on July 10. Anyone wanting to take part should contact Clive Dodds at Stephenson Smart, 22-26 King Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1HJ.

A family service is being held on June 26, at St Margaret's Church at 3pm.

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