Trib­utes for tire­less vol­un­tary fire­fighter

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & World Update - By MATTHEW REVILLE

TRIB­UTES have poured in for a vol­un­teer fire­man and fundraiser who served in Peter­bor­ough for decades.

Fred Meace MBE (81), from Dogsthorpe, died last week of nat­u­ral causes. The for­mer BT en­gi­neer was a much-loved vol­un­teer for Peter­bor­ough Vol­un­teer Fire Ser­vice be­tween 1968 and 1985.

He also worked as chief fire stew­ard at Peter­bor­ough United in the 1970s and 1980s.

Even af­ter he re­tired, he drove vin­tage fire en­gines to open days, char­ity events and even wed­dings rais­ing thou­sands of pounds for the fire ser­vice.

Chief Fire Of­fi­cer at Cam­bridgeshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice Gra­ham Stagg said: “Fred was a tremen- dous as­set to the fire ser­vice both dur­ing his 17 years as a vol­un­teer fire­fighter and for many years af­ter­wards as an ac­tive fundraiser.

“Our thoughts and sym­pa­thies go to Fred’s fam­ily, who will no doubt be proud of his ded­i­ca­tion to the fire ser­vice and how he gave up his time to help and pro­tect oth­ers.

“He will be greatly missed by ev­ery­one.”

His son-in-law Bob Milizia said: “If you cut Fred in half it would say ‘Peter­bor­ough Vol­un­tary Fire Ser­vice’ like a stick of Black­pool rock. The work he did for the com­mu­nity was amaz­ing and even af­ter he re­tired in 1985 he still helped out in any way he could.

“He was one of the only peo­ple who could drive the vin­tage en­gines so he was al­ways happy to take them out and show them off at events.

“He ab­so­lutely loved the ser­vice and that en­thu­si­asm would rub off on ev­ery­one he met. I ended up sign­ing up my­self af­ter talk­ing to Fred about the vol­un­tary ser­vice and helped out for 11 years.”

His tire­less work was recog­nised by the Queen in 2000, when she made him an MBE for his vol­un­tary work for the fire ser­vice.

His daugh­ter Jackie Milizia added: “He was a great dad, a great fire­man and a great friend.”

The fu­neral will be at St Bo­tolph Church in Longth­orpe. For de­tails call John Lu­cas Fu­neral Di­rec­tors on 01733 561128.

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