Tributes paid to man, 91, known as ‘Mr Cornard’

'HE HAD A GREAT LIFE': Alf Eady, who died on Saturday after a long illness.
'HE HAD A GREAT LIFE': Alf Eady, who died on Saturday after a long illness.

A long-serving former Great Cornard and district councillor known as “Mr Cornard” lived a great life, according to his family.

Alf Eady died at his home in Broom Street on Saturday after a long illness. He was 91.

Mr Eady was married to Pearl for 51 years. He had three children – Gary, Sue and Stephen – was a grandfather and great-grandfather and had been a Great Cornard parish and Babergh district councillor.

Son Gary said: “He was a real old Cornard boy.

“He was quite respected around the village as I have had many messages saying he was a good man.

“A friend of mine said he’ll go down as one of the Cornard greats.”

Mr Eady was born in Broom Street and joined the Royal Marines aged 17, where he spent six years on HMS Illustrious during the Second World War.

“He couldn’t swim and he hated water, even when we went on holiday he wouldn’t get in the pool,” said Mrs Eady, 72.

He spent five years working on railways in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, eventually returning to Great Cornard and finding work at the CAV factory in Newton Road, Sudbury, where he met his wife and would work for more than 30 years until retirement .

“We had a very happy marriage, we never really argued but I always got my own way in the end,” said Mrs Eady.

He was a keen gardener and spent many hours working outside.

“He had a great life and everybody, not just us, will miss him,” said Gary.

He began his association with local politics in the late 1960s, serving for nearly 30 years as a Conservative member of Great Cornard Parish Council and also making the step up to represent the village at district level .

“He would help anyone, if you ever asked him anything he would look at it from every angle,” said Gary.

“He would always stand up and say what he wanted to say,” said Mrs Eady.

Sylvia Byham worked alongside Mr Eady for 30 years on community projects and he replaced her as the parish council’s lone Conservative. She said: “He was a family man – he was honest and loyal and utterly reliable.”

A private man, Mrs Byham said he had worked hard for many causes.

“The community association, village flower show, church hall bingo and Conservative association all had a lot to thank him for,” she said.

Peter Beer, a county councillor, said: “If it wasn’t for Alf, I don’t suppose I’d ever have stood for Great Cornard.

“He was known as Mr Cornard. If anybody ever had a problem, they went to him. Alf was always outspoken and will be sorely missed.”

Donations to the Royal British Legion are requested in place of flowers and can be arranged through the East of England Co-Operative Funeral Services on 01787 372736.