The funeral of Bruce Davy is to be held on Wednesday 12 June at 1200 hours at St Phillip’s Church, Uckfield following a long battle with cancer.
Bruce was a serving Paramedic with the South East Ambulance Service for more than 30 years and also a retained Firefighter who was still a serving Watch Manager with East Sussex Fire and Rescue, for over 44 years, up until his death.
Bruce’s widow Lesley and her family would welcome attendance from all that worked with him and knew him.
South East Coast Ambulance Service Regional Operations Manager James Pavey said: “Bruce was an extremely popular member of staff who will be very much missed by his many colleagues and friends. His ambulance and fire-fighting role saw him contribute immensely to the local community over many years.
“We are expecting his funeral to be very well attended by staff both past and present and our thoughts are with his family and friends and all who knew him.”
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Chief Fire and Rescue Officer, Dawn Whittaker said: “Not only was Bruce known for his practical ‘fireman ship’, he was also a person with a very big heart, for example as well as serving the people of Uckfield and East Sussex in his professional capacity for the two emergency services, he also supported an aid convoy to Bosnia in 1999.
“His colleagues will remember him for his calm and professional approach at even the most challenging of incidents. His passion for the Service was clear for anyone to see as his face lit up when he talked about it.”
The funeral cortege headed by a Police motorcycle, and vehicles from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service, will leave from his home address and make its way to the church, after briefly stopping at the ‘old’ fire station in Keld Avenue and the Alma Arms in Framfield Road, before arriving at the church for 1200 hours. It is expected that there will be lots of mourners so early arrival at the church is advisable if you require seating.
There is to be a tri-service guard of honour and Standard bearers at the church and the service is to be officiated by David Tutt.
Following the service the cortege will make one last pass of Uckfield fire station before proceeding to Snatts Road cemetery for Bruce to be laid to rest. Lesley has expressly requested that only close family and friends join her at the graveside.
Those wishing to lay flowers can but should you wish to make donations, to any of Bruce’s chosen charities, they can be sent, or given to Richard Green, the funeral Director C/O 125 High Street, Uckfield. TN22 1RN.
Cheques should be made payable to either, The Firefighters Charity, The Ambulance Charity or St Wilfred’s Hospice. Alternatively the funeral director is able to accept BACS transfers; email@example.com
Everyone is welcome to join Lesley and her family afterwards at the Alma Arms, to share memories of Bruce and to partake in light refreshments.
Parking at Uckfield fire station is limited and it would be appreciated if those wishing to attend the funeral can park in the public car parks that are situated within the Town.
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