Tributes for tireless voluntary firefighter
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.